Upon graduation from college my wife’s first job was working as a music therapist at a state hospital in Tennessee. Along with the medications given to patients to help them to be as normal as possible, music that she would play for them also played a part in keeping them calm.
It’s interesting how some words are so closely connected to others. For instance, the title of this blog is “Premeditated” - what’s the next word that came to your mind? I would bet a slice of pie from The Wooden Spoon that it was “Murder” (Tip: Always bet pie. Win or lose: you get to eat pie). What might surprise you, is that I want to talk about forgiveness.
Surrounded by the waters of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was often boasted of its high walls, double-locked doors, machine guns in the hands of the guards, and a staff that could not be bribed. It was best known as one of the most escape-proof prisons in the world. From 1933 to 1963 it served as a federal prison, and during that time twenty-six prisoners tried to escape but only five succeeded...
One of the major themes for me has been in regards to our “response” to God’s grace. This theme of response in regards to salvation has brought so much clarity for me, not only in how I think about the Christian life, but also in regards to the language that I am using when talking with others about salvation or in my teaching as well.
I came around the tailgate of my dad’s brand new, shiny blue, Ford F150 and loaded my lab, Boone, in the back. All of the sudden, “BANG!!” A gun goes off. Ears still ringing, my first reaction is to look down and see if I’ve been shot.
Love, joy, and peace are the first three words the apostle Paul uses in his list of the fruit of the Spirit. Peace, just like love and joy, becomes a part of our lives when we receive Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. Peace with God, peace with others, and peace within.
Can I tell you how I really feel? Guilt, shame, entitlement, bitterness, grief-stricken ... our relationships with others surface a variety of feelings. After each short film, Chris Seay will walk us through the scripture helping us to understand how jealousy, selfishness and forgiveness affect our own lives and relationships.
Ed's Story is our story. Diagnosed with ALS and given a short time to live, Ed Dobson wrestles with issues suffering raises: worry, identity, forgiveness, gratitude, and healing. What emerges in this 5-film series is his discovery that there is always hope.
"Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." | Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." | Matthew 5:22-24 (NLT)
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” | Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." | Matthew 6:14 (NIV)
"Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted." | Galatians 6:1-2 (NIV)
"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." | Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)
"I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes." | 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (NLT)
“A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.” | William Arthur Ward
"One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. ...works have a place--but as a demonstration of having received God's forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it." | Ravi Zacharias
"Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive." | C.S. Lewis
"Who are you helping most when you forgive the person who hurt you? Actually, you're helping yourself more than the other person. I always looked at forgiving people who hurt me as being really hard. I thought it seemed so unfair for them to receive forgiveness when I had gotten hurt. I got pain, and they got freedom without having to pay for the pain they caused. Now I realize that I'm helping myself when I choose to forgive." | Joyce Meyer
“Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” | Billy Graham
“A forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it can never be shown against the man." | Henry Ward Beecher
"Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness." | Reinhold Niebuhr
"If you're a follower of Jesus but you feel distant from him during this era of your life, if you're having difficulty resting easy in his forgiveness, could it be because you're blatantly refusing to let go of your animosity toward another person." | Lee Strobel
“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” | Alexander Pope
The OTHER Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to stop beating myself up for not doing things perfectly, the courage to forgive myself because I'm working on doing better, and the wisdom to know that You already love me just the way I am."| Eleanor Brown
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