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The Grace-Given Give Grace
On a November evening in 2004, Victoria Ruvolo, a forty-four-year-old New Yorker, was driving to her home on Long Island. She’d just attended her niece’s recital and was ready for the couch, a warm fire, and relaxation. She doesn’t remember seeing the silver Nissan approach from the east. She remembers nothing of the eighteen- year-old […]
How Can I Forgive Myself?
For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. How often have you heard someone say, “I know God has forgiven me, but I will never be able to forgive myself”? Such self-condemnation can spring from several sources, but it is, in any case, an enemy God has […]
Forgiveness is Like the Weather
Editor’s Note: Forgiveness: Overcoming the Impossible by Matthew West features fifty powerful stories that share forgiveness through divorce, betrayal, addiction, abandonment, death, and more. Each story ties into the promises of God’s faithfulness and healing, and ends with the story of God’s ultimate forgiveness through the message of salvation. You’re invited to read Alice’s story, […]
Forgiveness: Receive the Gift of Grace
Forgiveness: Today I will remember that my failure to forgive myself is a prideful choice to not receive your grace. If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone. The new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 What can we learn about forgiveness from one of the greatest saints […]
Family Wounds Are Slow to Heal
Family wounds are slow to heal. I hope your childhood was a happy time when your parents kept everyone fed, safe, and chuckling. I hope your dad came home every day, your mom tucked you in bed every night, and your siblings were your best friends. But if not, you need to know you aren’t alone. […]
The Cost of Forgiving and Not Forgiving
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. —Colossians 3:13 (NIV) “I don’t believe that person is really sorry” and “Saying ‘I forgive you’ won’t take away the pain”—these are two reasons why people (even Christians and maybe you) are reluctant to forgive […]
Have you ever had someone you count on make a promise and then break it? How about a close friend who takes a deep secret that you shared in confidence and tells somebody else? Maybe you had someone who was entrusted to care for you but instead hurt you in one of the deepest ways imaginable by […]
"Forgive one another" in the Bible: Colossians 3:12-14
Forgiving one another is the hardest thing to do and the most beneficial. As God's chosen people we are to forgive all grievances we have between one another because of the example set forth to us by Christ.