Peel the Onion of Forgiveness

by StephB on June 3, 2011

Jesus tells us we must forgive from the heart. When you say you have forgiven someone and then go on to recount or relive all the grievances you say you have forgiven, then you should question whether you have truly forgiven them. Sometimes, forgiveness must come in layers. It is a process. You forgive the person, but you find yourself still harboring bitterness. Take another look at the person and see what else you still hold against them. You may have to approach forgiveness like peeling an onion. And like peeling an onion, you may have to cry an ocean of painful tears before you get to the core of forgiveness and clean your heart.

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Be Patient with One Another

by StephB on June 3, 2011

Sometimes the Bible can seem like a broken record. Love is patient, be patient with one another, be patient with everyone, be patient in affliction, and so on. Do you ever wonder why patience is mentioned so often? We are to be patient because God is patient. It is one of his characteristics of holiness.

Patience is not a passive pastime. Patience builds endurance and requires standing firm; therefore, it is an action. When you are patient with someone, you are not merely “putting up” with them, you are building endurance as you wait for him or her to grow or mature in an area.

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Accept One Another

June 3, 2011

Christ accepts us right where we are. He doesn’t stand there and accuse us of all our faults and wrongdoings. Instead, he comes alongside us and guides us to where he wants us to go. He takes into account how we were made, or our bent. He understands that some people are outgoing; others are [...]

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Love is like a beautiful lace tablecloth

May 29, 2011

Love is like a beautiful lace tablecloth thrown over a beat up, scarred wooden table. The scars are the wounds that you receive from others in your family. The weave of the tablecloth is forgiveness. The tablecloth not only conceals the scars so they can be forgotten, but it is pleasing to look at it. [...]

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Gratitude and Thankfulness

March 17, 2011

Is gratitude the same as thankfulness? I would say there is a subtle difference. Thankfulness has the connotation of being directed at the object or action received. Gratitude, on the other hand, is directed toward the giver. One secret to happy Christian living is gratitude. It is more than being thankful for that which God [...]

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The Second Peter Pyramid

March 15, 2011

2 Peter 1: 5-9 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,  to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in [...]

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Encourage One Another

November 3, 2010

Today I voted, as is my habit at election time. However, this time around, I did not get one of those nifty stickers that says “I Voted.” I noticed it, but didn’t think much of it. A couple of times during the day, it came to mind that I did not have my sticker. I [...]

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The Beginning of Humility

June 11, 2010

I have read several books on humility (I wonder why), but I had never been able to grasp how to “humble myself.” I was reading a biblical counseling book on communication the other day and it occured to me that the beginning of humility is….listening. It’s that simple. But think about this for a minute. [...]

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Welcome

May 9, 2010

Welcome to my website. This website will be a little different than my others. Instead of being formal about things, I want this one to be more relaxed. I want it to be like coming to spend some time with a good friend. I hope to encourage you with my words and thoughts, and help [...]

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