Where There Is True Holiness, There Will Be Love

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” – 1 Peter 1:14-16 I have often heard God’s holiness defined as his otherness. Though … Continue reading Where There Is True Holiness, There Will Be Love

God Is at Work in Your Suffering (And Not Just in You)

We Christians talk a lot about God’s good purposes in our suffering. And we do so necessarily. We need to be constantly reminded of his sovereign kindness toward us in all things because the brokenness of this world is constantly sinking its teeth into our lives! If our faith is to survive discomfort, sickness, loneliness, hunger, … Continue reading God Is at Work in Your Suffering (And Not Just in You)

If God Has Already Forgiven Us, Why Should We Keep Asking for Forgiveness?

I have heard some say that Christians don't need to regularly confess their sins to God or seek his forgiveness. They argue that because we were cleansed from the guilt of all past, present, and future sins when we converted, it is unnecessary to ask for additional pardon. I understand these folks’ point. We received total absolution … Continue reading If God Has Already Forgiven Us, Why Should We Keep Asking for Forgiveness?

Do You Grieve Sin in a Godly Way?

Many of us are painfully familiar with the sorrow that follows sinful acts. Whenever the cheap thrill of a transgression wears off, our souls swell with regret, frustration, and maybe even despair. But this is a good response, isn’t it? Only regenerate hearts respond negatively to sin, right? Our grief certainly can be evidence that the … Continue reading Do You Grieve Sin in a Godly Way?

Three Things to Consider When You Are Struggling to Forgive

“ . . . As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” – Colossians 3:13 God commands Christians to be compulsive forgivers. When Peter asked Jesus how many times a repeat-offender should be pardoned, he basically said every time (Matthew 18:21-22). In fact, he went so far as to say that if … Continue reading Three Things to Consider When You Are Struggling to Forgive

You Won’t Stop Sinning Until You Start Walking by the Spirit

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16 I have yet to meet a person who genuinely loves Jesus and does not also despise and seek to mortify his or her sin. No Christian does this sin-killing thing perfectly. We all stumble in … Continue reading You Won’t Stop Sinning Until You Start Walking by the Spirit