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Learning about racial healing and forgiveness from a Rwandan genocide survivor

August 17, 2017 | forgiveness, genocide, jesus, love enemies, racial unity

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:43-45 NLT). We just returned from a two week mission trip to Uganda.… Read more »

Who loves more?

May 15, 2015 | Christ, forgiveness, fruit of the spirit, Gary Combs, God, jesus, love

“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have… Read more »

Is reconciliation required?

January 16, 2015 | Christ, fellowship, forgive, forgiveness, Gary Combs, God, harmony, jesus, peace, reconcile, reconciliation, relationships

What do we do when a relationship is fractured by an offense? How do we find forgiveness and reconciliation? And what do we do when we are faced with the problem of the unrepentant offender that will not or has not reconciled to us. We might even question God, saying, “Do I have to forgive them?… Read more »

Acceptance

September 13, 2009 | 1 John 1:3 - 2:2 | acceptance, forgiveness

Acceptance. Whether you’re a teenager in Jr. High or moving into a new neighborhood, you want acceptance.
Do you ever feel distant from God? Does the shame and guilt of sin ever make you feel this distance? As if God doesn’t accept you any longer? What do we do as Christians when we sin?

In the apostle John’s first letter, he told his hearers that they could know and experience God’s love and acceptance as those who were in the “fellowship” of the Father and Son and with one another. We can know and experience the love and acceptance of God in our lives. The text gives three ways.

Let forgiveness flow

November 21, 2008 | forgiveness, reconciliation, science of forgiveness

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12 KJV). “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one… Read more »