Monday, December 13, 2010

Forgiveness

From Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

At every point in the Bible, the writers are at pains to stress that God's grace and forgiveness, while free to the recipient, are always costly for the giver. From the earliest parts of the Bible, it was understood that God could not forgive without a sacrifice. No one who is seriously wronged can "just forgive" the perpetrator. If you have been robbed of money, opportunity, or happiness, you can either make the wrongdoer pay it back or you can forgive. But when you forgive, that means you absorb the loss and the debt. You bear it yourself. All forgiveness, then, is costly.

1 comment:

Christy / Caitlin said...

Tim Keller has an awesome understanding of the scripture. Our weekly women's Bible study back in MS was based on his sermons. I really miss listening to his sermons and discussing with the Circle our perspectives, experiences, etc. I would LOVE to visit Redeemer and hear, in person, one of his sermons. Definitely on my bucket list!

A place to find encouragement to love your little ones, your husbands and those you come in contact with daily. Two does not have to be terrible. These are years to grow not simply get through!