Professional Forgivers

God pursues us relentlessly. He devises ways to bring us back when we have gone astray. “All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.”  (2 Samuel 14:14) As you think about your walk with Christ, what are some ways He has pursued you? God desires a close relationship with us—His people. He didn’t even spare His own Son to bridge the gap of sin. He asks only that we accept His offer of …

Making an Appeal

Joseph put his brothers through a series of tests before he reconnected with them. As we see the brothers being stopped outside the city, accused of stealing, and taken back to face Joseph, we realize that Joseph has been struggling through his human emotions on the road to grace and forgiveness. He hid a silver cup in Benjamin’s bag which could have resulted from his struggle to show grace, but also shows an element of wisdom related to testing. Joseph wants to see if his brothers have changed. They so easily sold him (Dad’s favorite) to get rid of him. Now they have a golden opportunity to get rid of …

The Mental Hamster Wheel

Have you ever found your mind rolling the same negative thoughts over and over? Like a hamster running his heart out without getting anywhere, we sometimes waste our thought lives on a mental hamster wheel. The process is exhausting, but yields no real benefits beyond mental exhaustion. Negative thought patterns can often inhibit our journey to forgiveness. We can easily talk about forgiveness and agree it is God’s way, but when it comes to actually looking at our betrayer with love, it’s no easy ride. I have wished my mind could be free of negative thoughts that continue to recur. When we don’t care about people, it doesn’t hurt so …