Tag Archives: Forgiveness

A guess about the unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit

Could the unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit be as follows? If in confession we are to be our own accusers, it’s clear that we are not to be our own judge (paraphrasing a Latin quote: No one is to … Continue reading

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Unforgiveness

Those who profess to follow Christ have a real and true claim on the forgiveness of their fellow believers. A Christian who refuses to forgive a brother in Christ has made the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Christ null and … Continue reading

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Completing the circle of mercy

There are two obvious lessons of mercy we need to learn: to seek forgiveness from God and to extend forgiveness to our brother. They are linked in the Lord’s Prayer, such that the first will not happen without the second. … Continue reading

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The flip side of loving your enemies

The command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you might be more practical and prudent than we usually assume. It might merely be a good way to tell if somebody is in fact our enemy. We … Continue reading

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White martyrdom: bearing with others

We are all recipients of an infinite mercy we didn’t deserve and can’t pay back. We can only pay it forward by extending a fraction of the mercy we have received to a fellow undeserving human being. Constantly. And thus … Continue reading

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Setting things right

Only Christ can heal the breach between us and God. And only Christ can heal the breach between each of us, between one another. If we do not meet in Christ, we do not in any meaningful sense meet at … Continue reading

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Quite a world!

Say what you want about this flawed and fallen world, but keep in mind that it’s a world where we can murder God and it still has a chance to work out all right. Not bad. Not a bad world … Continue reading

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