2 Corinthians 2: The Depth of My Love

“For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you.” Paul was not afraid to condemn sinful practices in the church. In fact, in 1 Corinthians he mentioned a Christian man who had [Read More…]

Luke 17: Faith Requires Forgiveness

It is much easier to believe in Jesus than to forgive those who mistreat us. The problem is that Jesus requires both. In Luke 17, Jesus taught: “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day [Read More…]

Luke 7: Those Forgiven Much, Love Much

The words of Jesus in Luke 7 offer powerful insight into the issue of forgiveness. We are told Jesus sat at a meal with a wealthy man in his community when a woman appeared and began washing his feet with tears. The guests thought to themselves,”Why is he allowing this? Doesn’t he know what kind [Read More…]

Mark 11: Praying Requires Forgiving

Jesus used the example of a withering fig tree to teach about praying in faith. In the process, he also expressed that praying requires forgiving. Verse 25 notes, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” The Lord’s Prayer [Read More…]