Injustice, Revenge, Violence …and Forgiveness! (Volf)

(This post was originally published August 2017) Miroslav Volf's Exclusion and Embrace is a very thoughtful and interesting book on identity, reconciliation, oppression, justice, and so forth.  I don't agree with everything Volf says, but I am enjoying the book.  This morning I ran across his section on forgiveness, which was very helpful.  Here are… Continue reading Injustice, Revenge, Violence …and Forgiveness! (Volf)

Biblical Imagery on the Forgiveness of Sins (Watson)

There are quite a few different ways the Bible talks about the forgiveness of sins. For one example, Psalm 103:12 says, "...As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us" (NIV). I've always been comforted by the different imagery Scripture uses to explain the forgiveness of sins.… Continue reading Biblical Imagery on the Forgiveness of Sins (Watson)

Peace With God and Self-Forgiveness (Packer)

Many of us have heard talk about forgiving ourselves. There are wrong ways to explain this concept of self-forgiveness. It can certainly be misunderstood, therefore we've got to be careful when using this phrase. And because it is easily misunderstood, perhaps we should use the phrase sparingly. However, explained rightly from a Christian perspective the… Continue reading Peace With God and Self-Forgiveness (Packer)

Remembering (Forgetting?) the Sins of My Youth (Boice)

In Psalm 25:7 David prayed this: "[LORD], do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions" (NASB) [חַטֹּ֤אות נְעוּרַ֨י וּפְשָׁעַ֗י אַל־תִּ֫זְכֹּ֥ר]. Obviously David was thinking about the sins he had committed as a boy - maybe when he was a teenager. He's basically asking the Lord to forgive his past sins. This is… Continue reading Remembering (Forgetting?) the Sins of My Youth (Boice)

Refuge in Christ’s Righteousness (Toplady)

This morning while studying the incomprehensibility of God I found this great hymn by Augustus Toplady. Based on the last stanza, it could be called "Love Incomprehensible." Here it is - it's great devotional reading for the day! 1 From thy supreme tribunal, Lord,Where justice sits severe,I to thy mercy seat appeal,And beg forgiveness there.2… Continue reading Refuge in Christ’s Righteousness (Toplady)