Some days etch themselves into our personal and group history and emotions like a plasma cutter’s engravery on a slab of polished diamond. Read it all
Can you imagine the wonder of this?
What no man’d said before,
“Neither do I condemn thee,
Go and sin no more.”
Tonight I heard that “sin has consequences.”
So do grace and love.
“Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).
“Love covereth all sins” (Proverbs 10:12).
Sin, repented of and properly dealt with, needs no further review and regurgitation.
When we insist on consequences over grace and love, we sow for a bitter harvest.
I don’t wish that harvest on anyone. Especially on myself.
So which will matter most to me in my relationships with those who fail?
Let me allow grace and love to triumph in my heart!
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
Not Pink Pearl. Not…well, I don’t remember any other brands. But that’s OK since this is about God’s eraser.
I read the print version of Our Daily Bread this morning and was blessed.
So I looked up the online version and present to you the closing portion thereof:
|You may not be able to forget your past. But the Lord offers to blot out, “like a thick cloud, your transgressions” (Isa. 44:22). — M.R. De Haan
No human eye may trace;
But Jesus sees the broken heart,
And can its woes erase. —Bosch
The best eraser is honest confession to God.
|10 years ago in Orissa, Hindu extremists burned alive the Christian Graham Staines and his two sons. His wife, back in India, connects the recent anti-Christian persecution to her husband. To the many recent widows of Kandhamal, she speaks of forgiveness and strength “in Christ.”
Staines says that she will always continue working to fulfil her husband’s dream to live in peace and harmony, and work together for the good of all. “I forgive the other, because I have first received forgiveness from Jesus Christ – I have encountered the presence of Jesus in my life and this is the spirit I share. When we forgive, there is no bitterness and we live our lives and continue the task entrusted to us – with His grace and peace. These Kandhamal widows have also been touched by Jesus. All Christians who have known the intervention of Jesus in their lives will have this gift to forgive and to be the witnesses of His peace and presence. Support them with your solidarity and prayers.
“To the people of the world I say, do not give up hope, pray for India.”
And all the congregation said….
Ho hum? 😯