Blessed are the Merciful

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. The mercy of God in Jesus Christ is an amazing thing. For most of my life, the mercy of God was just this fact of life that I did not think much about. Later in life, when I became more serious about the mercy I claimedContinue reading “Blessed are the Merciful”

Grace Means So Much More

Grace is often used interchangeably with the Christian ideas of mercy and forgiveness. Although these are aspects of grace, grace is not exclusively mercy. Grace is not exclusively forgiveness. More accurate is the understanding of grace as the “unmerited favor” of God. What does it mean to have the “unmerited favor” of God? If somethingContinue reading “Grace Means So Much More”

One Thing We Can Do

We each have our own life to sort out, and hopefully we do so through a veil of healthy fear of the Lord. We each need to hear what the Lord is speaking to us in this time. I don’t know what the right thing to do is for us collectively as Christians. I doContinue reading “One Thing We Can Do”

Remember Who Loved Us First

I’ve always had the mindset that a person must repent before they can be forgiven. I think this is true to a degree. How can we approach someone for forgiveness if we don’t see and admit to our fault? It is also important to admit our faults to the people we harmed, because validating theirContinue reading “Remember Who Loved Us First”

How I Judge Forgiveness and Unforgiveness (Clarification)

What do I mean when I say, “Maybe if the Holy Spirit gives you the right words, they will repent. If not, they will die. It is a sad reality.” Please do not take this in a literal sense as an excuse to harm someone. I do not advocate violence. I sometimes say things thatContinue reading “How I Judge Forgiveness and Unforgiveness (Clarification)”

How I Judge Forgiveness and Unforgiveness

This is going to be one of those very open articles, and I will seem to be praising of my virtue, so I want to begin by saying that I do this for the sake of others who struggle with the idea of forgiveness. I know that any virtue I have and any sound judgmentContinue reading “How I Judge Forgiveness and Unforgiveness”

Considering Proverbs 9:7-9

7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and heContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 9:7-9”

Considering Proverbs 7:6-23

6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and darkContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 7:6-23”

A Series on Sin (Complete Series)

Part 1: Introduction For most of my teenage and adult life, the term “sin” made me think about pulpit pounding preachers and snooty church ladies wearing fancy clothes. Other than this vague connotation that I carried around in the back of my mind somewhere, I did not think about sin that much. I was not alwaysContinue reading “A Series on Sin (Complete Series)”

Considering Proverbs 3:3-4

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Mercy and truth are important concepts for a Christian. Sometimes we can get so caught up in matters of thisContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 3:3-4”