Our own failure to grasp the gospel shows itself when we demand penance from those who have wronged us. Whatever offense I’ve received is infinitely smaller than the offense God has received from me. And since God has freely, fully, and unconditionally forgiven us in Christ (counting our sins against him) we should be quick and desirous to freely, fully, and unconditionally forgive.
Category Archives: Christian Life
I often take the Bible for granted. I have several of them. I even have a Bible app on my iPod. If I need to, I can go online and access Scripture on the internet. It’s ridiculously easy for anyone living in this modern society to access God’s holy Word. I use one of many available Bible reading plans to keep track of my progress with the goal of reading through all of the Bible in a year. I try to read at least a chapter a day, but often find myself skipping a day, or two, or three. I have the inspired Word of God at my fingertips which instructs, gives wisdom, makes known the way of salvation, and I’m often so complacent about the whole thing. I’m blessed beyond reason and I so often don’t appreciate what I have.
Watch the video below to see what it’s like to not have the blessing of Scripture in your own language — to have to struggle to know the very God who gave you life. This is the Kimyal tribe of Papua, Indonesia. They are receiving, for the first time, the entire New Testament translated in their own language. The Kimyal pastor refers to Luke 2:25 as he accepts God’s precious Word. I’ll never again read this passage without thinking about this tribe’s hunger for the Bread of Life.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”