I believe that it is much easier to love (or hate!) a stranger than it is to love your neighbor, someone you actually know.
Not a single time did the Lord excuse a sinner because of their circumstances. He had grace but never excuse. There's no get out of jail free pass because of circumstances.
Christ’s revealing of His Life in me is for His pleasure and purpose, not mine. His revealing is not from our desire, as earnest as it may be, nor through our efforts to have it be so.
I want to share with you a story of grace. I believe the story of Chris McCandless was a story of grace. Grace has a purpose and that purpose is the bringing of us into a greater, fuller knowledge of God.
Whichever way you choose, God supports. It's amazing how much the prodigal's father supported his son's choice. He enabled him to go and held back nothing!
I live in constant awareness of the Lord’s soon return and that means being willing to be made ready to meet His Blazing Eyes. Are you being made ready too?
Repentance enters the redemption that Christ sowed with the seed of His Life-Blood and we gain the unearned liberty of suffering none of our consequences.
The Prodigal’s waste is inexcusable. Then and now. What parent could just dismiss such sin and betrayal? What father could instantly trust such a child?
What I’m seeing in a whole new light today is just how much the enemy brings to bear against every start I make in the direction of Jesus Christ.
If someone mocks me and I respond to them with mockery and earn their enmity, it’s not Christ that they’re targeting. I was the one to make it personal.
As the world spirals deeper into lawlessness, the “where sin abounded” part of the verse is featured more often without the following promise of grace.
The story of the botched 'Ecce Homo' fresco isn't a story of shame or failure, though both are there. It is a story of God's great mercy and unfailing love.