ChristAlive! Archives: Forgiveness

One of my family members decided to cut off all contact with the rest of us after getting married. We had no idea why. This person made no attempt to communicate with us for years. I was hurt, angry and confused.
Our true identity is “beloved children of God”. So many of us are trying to be good so that our Father in heaven will love us. This is “behaved religion”, not covenant love. Being good is so different from receiving the love of God our Father and the desire to please him.
In leading a new office, I wanted to do things right, “in the Lord”, developing a new and holier way of relating. Human relationships are complex and baffling and can deteriorate into discord and disunity.
Reflect on how you respond to correction. Do you get defensive? What tools are needed to get past this in order to grow in prudence?
The women’s ministry at our church periodically recruits women to participate in spiritually enriching programs. As Coordinator, I congratulated the ministry team on the registration they had successfully obtained. However, the Marketing Coordinator expressed her disappointment at the number of participants...
The workplace, as the whole world, is a battleground of good and evil forces, principalities and powers. Our office experienced a serious breakdown of relationships caused by mistrust, improper assumptions and misunderstandings, fueled by gossip...
One of the great lessons of his death on a cross was Jesus’ ability to forgive under the worst possible conditions. If Jesus can forgive even unto death, how can we not forgive those who have insulted us or treated us unjustly?
Do I allow myself to lose focus on God himself, instead becoming overly concerned with following “the letter of the law”? Do I cause others to fall into this way of thinking?
Our society has a hard time with the notion of forgiveness. It is sometimes treated as a commodity that can be tossed off without pain, effort or meaning. It disappears within the "Love means never having to say you're sorry" syndrome, in which nothing needs to be forgiven.
When he came to my cubicle the next day, I put my hand out and said, "I forgive you" before he had a chance to say anything.

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