I love the message on forgiveness because it brings so much freedom. I’m aware of the release that it produced in my own life and I can see the freedom in others too.
However, I noticed recently a disparity between our confession and our actions. We confess, we release, we forgive, we move on. The counsel often given in our moving on is words to the effect of ‘now you have released these people you don’t have to be friends with them, you don’t have to give them space in your life again’ – there are examples where this can be wise, particularly (without going into details) where the legal system is involved.
But…it would seem that this kind of counsel is taken on in more ways than we think. We forgive the person, we release them. But we say in our hearts, you are not coming near me again, I will protect myself, I will make my life such that you are not involved, I will keep you at arms length.
This troubles me. It troubles me because this doesn’t seem to be what Jesus said, and it troubles me because I think I have done it. It troubles me because I … Read More »
The commercialism and the need to redeem the season to it’s origins is a fight for many a Christian, but I feel many of our fights are compromised by the spirit of the age. We allow ourselves to go so far in our protest, but then the brakes are subtley pressed and a little compromise is mixed with a little turning of the eye and before we know it we have a greyed out version of the Christmas celebrations around us.
It’s a bit harsh, sorry, but I was trying to provoke a reaction as there is an element of truth in what I have said. We do want to redeem the season, we do want to celebrate the birth of Christ, we do recognise it as a time of feasting. But, a dumbed down version of how the world does it? We lack the contrast and brightness that is needed to stand out. There are some outstanding things happening and there are churches who are going the extra mile but my issue is with the wider expression of Christianity. I cheer on the forerunners, but I want to provoke everyone else.
It is an upsetting expression to some, but we need … Read More »
I wholeheartedly (no pun intended ) agree with the healed heart message. I have seen the fruit and I have tasted of the release that it brings. However in the last year I have become increasingly uncomfortable with some conversations I have around the subject. My troubles have been to do with the emphasis that is placed on an individual. I know we are responsible for our sin, that our words can form vows that can bind us, that others people’s words form curses and where there is fruit in our lives there is a root. But the overwhelming emphasis has been on anything we face being the individuals problem. The question so often posed in response to something happening is, what is wrong with your heart? What have you done? Where have you made a judgement? Again I realise that these things are all in the mix of our healing but we have lost something too.
When I became a Christian I was far away from Christ. It was Christ who drew me close. He loved me first. He initiated the conversation, not me.
I feel like we have put too much emphasis on our ability, responsibility to sanctify and … Read More »