The cost of forgiveness

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 22:34 NIV It’s so hard to forgive, isn’t it? When someone takes my words out of context, betrays a confidence, or slanders me, I respond by judging, lashing back, or harboring bitterness. Without forgiveness, relationships continue in endless cycles of hurt…

Countdown to Christmas – Praying with joy

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy… Philippians 1:3-4 NIV God places so many people in our lives who encourage our faith, our perseverance, our hope in Christ. He never meant for us to stand alone. God made marriage, family, community,…

Proverbs Day 27 – As iron sharpens iron

Faithful are the wounds of a friend…(Proverbs 27:6 ESV) …the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. (Proverbs 27:9 ESV) Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 ESV) I am blessed to have many friends in Christ. But I consider myself to be especially fortunate to have several friends who love…