Tag: mercy

  • Ascension and Pentecost III. The Gospel of Forgiveness

    Ascension and Pentecost III. The Gospel of Forgiveness

    One of the most important, and in many churches least emphasized, elements of Jesus’ post-resurrection teaching is the message of forgiveness. Yet, it is central to Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples, and it should be central to our message. As He prepared them for their forthcoming ministry, He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld” (John 20:21–23).

  • God’s Righteousness and Justice. VII: Christ our Merciful and Righteous King

    God’s Righteousness and Justice. VII: Christ our Merciful and Righteous King

    Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem reminds us that He comes in both righteousness and mercy. This perspective can guide us through Lent.

  • God’s Righteousness and Justice. II: Justice and Mercy Together

    God’s Righteousness and Justice. II: Justice and Mercy Together

    God is righteous and just, but He is also merciful. These qualities often work together. He forgives our sins, but we might have to live with the consequences of our wrongdoing.

  • Act, Speak, and Pray

    Act, Speak, and Pray

    Many years ago, when I was in seminary, I had several conversations with a retired Baptist minister. In one of our conversations, he offered this word of wisdom: “I refuse to pray any prayer unless I am willing to be the answer to that prayer.” Let us not use prayer as an excuse not to act.

  • Ascension and Pentecost III. The Gospel of Forgiveness

    Ascension and Pentecost III. The Gospel of Forgiveness

    One of the most important, and in many churches least emphasized, elements of Jesus’ post-resurrection teaching is the message of forgiveness. Yet, it is central to Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples, and it should be central to our message. As He prepared them for their forthcoming ministry, He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld” (John 20:21–23).