When We Confess, We Begin to Heal

Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16a TLB). The first step in forgiveness is admitting your guilt. Then, you have to accept responsibility for your sin. What’s the best way to ensure that you are really accepting responsibility for your sin? You’re not…

God Wants To Give You Freedom

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV). The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint: “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody telling me what to do.” Everybody else may get burned by you, but…

Why Should We Show Mercy?

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36 NIV). No characteristic describes God more fully than mercy. It’s the first trait that God uses to describe himself in Scripture. It’s also an important characteristic for any serious follower of Jesus to develop. If it’s such a core part of who God is, it’s…

Convictions Help Us Live Like We Believe

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NRSV). Dictionaries usually define “conviction” as a fixed or strong belief. Conviction is really much more than that. Your convictions include your values, commitments, and motivations. I like the definition of conviction I once heard from the great…