The final piece in a five-part review of this book. God's love, the smog of shame, and the cost of forgiveness are a good way to complete my thoughts on this book. #Unoffendable #BrantHansen
Not all the guilt we feel is ours. Often enough, we feel guilt because it gives us some sense of control over something that seems terrible to us. Then, if can only atone in some way....
There was a chorus of "dad! dad!" from inside, then the snick of the lock and the door yanked open. They threw themselves on him, knocking his phone down as he patted their heads,
Paul wanted Philemon to mature in his faith, so rather than tell him what to do, Paul entreated him as a fellow elder.
God did forgive the people. In the last verse of this book, Micah spoke with confident hope that God would show faithfulness to the people, unswerving loyalty, because this is not only God’s nature but also the nature of God’s love for God’s own.
When the Hebrew language speaks of God “repenting,” the word most often is “nacham,” referring to inner suffering that needs to be consoled.
All of us hit bottom sometimes, when there is nowhere else to look, but up, and that is the moment when God has our undivided attention.
even though Penal Substitutionary Atonement is an important concept, maybe even a foundational one, it is not the only important word on salvation, the gospel is so, so much more.
It's not too late to restore relationships, to repair bridges, to pray for and say yes to new opportunities. God can make up for all you didn't do right before, He can more than make up for it! Knowing that God will restore what was lost, what was wasted, frees you and me to move into and with God's will now—to fulfill His purpose for us today.