Love and Forgiveness…

Our love is proportional to our understanding of forgiveness.  And because forgiveness is supernatural, we have ability as Christians to love God supernaturally.

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 44

The Deep Cry of Every Man

This “What shall we do?” is the deep heart cry of every man who suddenly realizes that he is a usurper and sits on a stolen throne.  However painful, it is precisely this acute moral consternation that produces true repentance and makes a robust Christian after the penitent has been dethroned and has found forgiveness and peace through the gospel.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 25

What It Means to be a Christian

What it means to be a Christian:  There is no forgiveness without repentance.  There is no salvation without surrender.  There is no life without death.  There is no believing without committing.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 34

We Stand in Constant Need

So even after we become Christians, our thoughts words, motives, deeds and affections need the constant cleansing of Christ’s blood and the forgiveness that comes our way for free.  While it is gloriously true that there is nowhere in your life the Spirit has not infiltrated, it is equally true that there is no part of any Christian in this life that is free of sin

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2573

Law vs. Grace

Just as it is difficult to experience forgiveness without some knowledge of what you have done wrong, so it is difficult toi understand Grace apart from the Law.  If the Law is the first word, Grace is the last.  Listen closely: The Law exposes [us] while Grace exonerates [us].  The Law diagnoses, but Grace delivers.  The Law accuses, Grace acquits.  The Law condemns the best of us, while Grace saves the worst of us.  The Law says “cursed,” Grace says “Blessed.”  The Law says “slave,” Grace says “son.”  The Law says “guilty,” Grace says “forgiven.”  The Law can break a hard heart, but only Grace can heal one.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1137

Seven Things Forgiveness Is…

Seven things that forgiveness is.

1. Forgiveness is canceling a debt owed to you.

2. Forgiveness is removing the control your offender has every you.

3. Forgiveness is giving a gift to your fender and yourself.

4. Forgiveness is forsaking revenge.

5. Forgiveness is leaving ultimate justice and God’s hand.

6. Forgiveness is often an ongoing process.

7. Forgiveness is wanting good for your offender.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 164-65

The Funeral is the Prelude to the Unending Wedding Reception

Apart from God’s grace, the gravity of our sin never reaches above the level of shame and our happiness never crosses the threshold of momentary pleasure.  Christ’s kingdom, however, is full of mirth, because of the joy of forgiveness.  The funeral is prelude to the unending wedding reception.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 214