Forgiveness Series - A Resource for Reflection and Sharing
I hope these articles will shed needed biblical light on what forgiveness actually involves. Use them as a personal resource, but please, also share them with others - perhaps with friends over coffee and a croissant, perhaps in your bible study, discipleship group, or Sunday School class.
Join me now as we ponder together God's gift of forgiveness. It's a crucial issue - one that's intended to impact every day of our lives. I pray you'll be richly blessed as you read on.
[Use the links below to access each article in this series.]
- Reflect on The Lord’s Prayer in Forgiveness: A Rather Unsettling Issue.
- Consider how we misunderstand forgiveness in Forgiveness Myths.
- Consider further how we misunderstand forgiveness in Forgiveness: 3 More Myths.
- Look at how Jesus forgives in Forgiveness: What Forgiveness Is.
- Learn about replacing hate with love in Forgiveness: Sending Away Hate.
- Learn about cost-bearing in Forgiveness: Sending Away Self-Protectiveness.
- Learn about providing good to an enemy in Forgiveness: Sending Away Vengeance.
- Consider Jesus’ Gethsemane plea in Forgiveness: Is There Any Other Way?
- Experience with Jesus’ disciples their Saturday of lost hopes in Forgiveness: When Hope Dies.
- View forgiveness from a different angle in Forgiveness: Saying Thank You.
- Read John Fischer's thoughts on the cross in his book, On a Hill Too Far Away.
- Find a link to Robert Doares book, Immanuel - God with Us in The View From Behind the Cross.
- See the parallels between Jesus' birth and death in Costly Gifts: Christmas and the Cross
- Ponder the joy set before Jesus in Sometimes Suffering and Joy Coexist..
For Further ThoughtYou might also want to take a look at two related articles: Abandoned by God and Necessary Pain.
The first article looks at Jesus' words on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" and ponders how we, all too often, live our lives in ways that leave Him alone. The second article reminds us that Jesus' suffering was necessary for good to come and considers how this relates to the suffering we ourselves encounter.