October, 2009

Reflections on Forgiveness

If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. – Psalm 130

 If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6

I have been around religious circles quite a long time and I have never heard the word resent used by a victorious man.  .  .  .   In the course of scores of conferences and hundreds of conversations I have many times heard people say, “I resent that.”  But I repeat: I have never heard the words used by a victorious man.  Resentment simply cannot dwell in a loving heart.  Before resentfulness can enter, love must take its flight and bitterness take over.  The bitter soul will compile a list of slights at which it takes offense and will watch over itself like a mother bear over her cubs. 

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Few sights are more depressing than that of a professed Christian defending his supposed rights and bitterly resisting any attempt to violate them. – A.  W. Tozer, Of God and Men

 Forgiveness begets gratitude, gratitude creates love, and love brings forth holiness.   – Charles Spurgeon

 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believe is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.  – Paul the Apostle, Acts 13

 

Reflections on Future Glory

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body…”  – Philippians 3:20-21

From Philippians 3:21 we have learned that the resurrection body will be like the glorified body of Christ—radiant, shining, perhaps even dazzling.  We shall not really know what this glory is like until we ourselves shall see it and experience it. Anthony Hoekema

You have never met a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.  But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.  C. S. Lewis

 After this period God shall rest as on the seventh day, when He shall give us rest in Himself. … There we shall rest and see, see and love, love and praise.  This is what shall be in the end without end.  – Augustine

 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. – Revelation 21:3