Sunday, October 4, 2009

Forgiveness

On Sunday, I continued to unpack the concept of "Union with Christ" from Ephesians 1:7-10. A main focus was on forgiveness, and particularly freedom from guilt. If you are struggling, like so many of us do, with a guilty conscience about past decisions, missed opportunities, failure, or whatever, you need to experience the fullness of Christ's forgiveness. Listen to the message here. And if you don't have time to listen, just meditate for a minute on this text:

Psalm 103:8-13 (ESV)
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

For more on forgiveness, check out these resources:
Unpacking Forgiveness
by Chris Brauns
The Peacemaker
by Ken Sande.

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