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Perfect Peace

We live in a world in which it seems most people can’t agree on anything. There is something though that certainly is desired by virtually everyone—peace. Peace is a word that is peaceful and positive. Peace is something that many strive for but lack. Every person wants to have peace... Read more →

What Is Forgiveness?

In the New Testament, “forgiveness” comes from the Greek word aphiemi. Literally this means to send away, or to put apart. Thus the root meaning of forgiveness is to put away an offense. In secular Greek literature, this word was fundamental. It was used to indicate the sending away of... Read more →

The Hope of Peace

Imagine the country you once cherished now divided, broken, overrun by corrupt leadership, imperiled by vast international powers, and seemingly on the brink of collapse. Imagine the best of your leaders crippled by poor character, indecision, and unwise international alliances. The political and cultural conditions in Jerusalem in the eighth... Read more →

Blessed Forgiveness

He should have known better. He never should have stayed at home alone while his army was fighting in the field. He never should have lingered late at night on his rooftop. He never should have set his eyes on that beautiful lady. He never should have inquired about who... Read more →

Prince of Peace

“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given … and His name shall be called … Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:6-7). During His time on earth, Jesus restored peace everywhere He... Read more →

The Light of Forgiveness

A person walking in the light does not deny his sin or try to cover it up. He does not blame others for it or make excuses about it. Rather, he confesses it: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to... Read more →

Peace With God

Before we can understand what it means to have peace with God, we must recognize that human beings in our natural state are enemies of God. Because we inherited a sin nature from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12), we are born with a disposition to... Read more →

Learning to Forgive

“Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?” (Matthew 18:21). In Matthew 18, we see our Lord teaching on the childlikeness of the believer. In verse 2, the text tells us that Jesus actually took an infant and held that infant in His arms to... Read more →

Peace Through Jesus

“Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2). Jesus Christ has come into... Read more →

Forgiven to Forgive

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Paul says not only “don’t be bitter,” but “be kind and forgiving to one another.” And we’re not going to do it just because we’ve decided to do it. We’re going to do... Read more →

Grace, Then Peace

In every one of his New Testament letters, Paul greets the recipient with some variation of “grace and peace”—combining the standard Greek greeting, charis (grace), with the standard Hebrew greeting, shalom (peace). Taken together and in the right order, these two words give us a window into mysteries unknown apart... Read more →

Radical Forgiveness

One of the most difficult things a Christian will face is offering genuine forgiveness to those who have deeply hurt us. When Jesus commands us to love our enemies and offer our forgiveness to them it’s hard for us to believe that He knew what He was talking about. “Jesus... Read more →

Seek Peace

“Whoever desires to love life and see good days … let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:10-11). The good life is turning from evil and doing good. If you want to love life and see good days, if... Read more →

Clearing the Ledger

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:5 (NASB) that genuine love “does not keep an account of a wrong suffered.” This is one of those word pictures in Scripture where something familiar is used as a metaphor. Here Paul uses an accounting term describing a merchant who keeps tally of... Read more →

A Prayer For Peace

Dear Lord Jesus, were I to sit down to list the titles I would instinctively give You, I’m not sure “preacher” would be on my initial list. But if anyone deserves that name, it is You. What is Christmas? It’s You coming nearer than near to us in Your incarnation.... Read more →

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