The Amazing Gift Of Biblical Forgiveness

The Amazing Gift Of Biblical Forgiveness

The amazing gift of Biblical Forgiveness is seriously misunderstood and highly underrated. Although Biblical forgiveness might seem hard, it benefits you in both this life and the next. Here’s how.

The Amazing Gift Of Biblical Forgiveness Is God’s Gift To You

God loves and forgives. And He offers that forgiveness with no strings attached. For this life and the next.

That is the most amazing…the most liberating message of the Gospel. That God doesn’t just love us. He wants an eternal relationship with us. And through Biblical forgiveness, we are released from the bondage of sin.

Sin is what weighs you down. Separates you from God. And makes Him seem distant. But He’s not. And you’ll discover that when the wall of sin comes down.

The Amazing Gift Of Biblical Forgiveness Is Your Gift To Others

The amazing gift of Biblical Forgiveness is not to be kept for yourself. But to share with others.

And honestly? This may seem daunting. Perhaps, you may even think, impossible. Because pain can run deep. And some ugly wounds appear beyond healing. But they aren’t.

Because all things are possible with God.

In fact, God doesn’t just ask us to forgive others. He expects it. Not in our own strength. But through the power of His grace.

And in the same way that He sets us free, we in turn, can set others free. So that we all experience joy.

Biblical Forgiveness Is Your Gift To Yourself

Now that just sounds weird. Why would the victim…the one hurt, need to be set free? After all. You’re innocent! You didn’t ask to be injured. Violated. And besides, set free from what?

The fact is, that even as an innocent victim, over time, the pain can change into bitterness and resentment. Turning your heart dark. Robbing you of joy. Shutting you off from God’s love. Holding you captive.

And it eventually becomes your sin. Your prison.

But forgiveness releases it. Reopens your heart to give and receive God’s love. And restores your relationship with Him and others.

The truth? Forgiveness is not easy. Or instantaneous. But an ongoing process of turning the pain and bitterness over to God. And as you do, God’s Spirit restores and revitalizes your heart. Changing it now and forever.

About Chip Tudor:

Chip Tudor is a freelance copywriter, published author, playwright and pastor. He publishes drama at www.chiptudor.com, books on Amazon.com, and articles on his blog.

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The Incredible Blessing Of Biblical Grace

The Incredible Blessing Of Biblical Grace

The Incredible blessing of Biblical grace begins with a simple understanding. You don’t earn or deserve it. It’s a gift.

But when you accept the gift of grace. Embrace it. And purposefully invite it into your worldview, it transforms your life. And the positive impact you have on others. Here’s how.

The Incredible Blessing of Biblical Grace Comes From God

God is the author of grace. The idea originator. It’s something He doesn’t have to offer. But does anyway simply because He wants to.

I step towards Biblical grace by recognizing that God is completely perfect, holy and righteous. And I am the exact opposite. Imperfect, unholy and unrighteous. I fall way short of God’s standard.

And here’s what’s really incredible. God loves me anyway. And cleared a path for me with Grace. Through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Grace rejects the idea of what I can do. And celebrates what God has done.

The Incredible Blessing of Biblical Grace Sets You Free

People today are in incredible bondage. I see it everywhere I look. Don’t you? In the rage. The division. The fear. Driven by a sense of hopeless desperation.

So what’s gripping you? Because it’s different for everyone. Maybe politics. Porn. A job. Finances. Worry about co-vid. And of course, the list goes on. So you can fill in the blank.

Yes, there are real problems that must be addressed. And no, God might not magically make everything better. Poof!

But grace provides freedom. Because bondage isn’t always something that only grips you.

Bondage can be something you’re holding on to.

That’s why grace is so powerful. Where God encourages and reassures. And He says simply. “Relax. I’ve got this. You can let it go.”

That’s when you fall into God’s arms. Are washed in peace. Filled with joy. And you discover the truth that sets you free.

The Incredible Blessing of Biblical Grace Is Meant To Be Shared

The most wonderful thing about Biblical Grace is that you and I can share it with someone else. It’s what God expects. What everyone wants. And needs.

To be able to say, “yes, I know you’re imperfect. Me too. And since God has offered me this incredible gift, I share it with you too.

Grace lets me give others the benefit of the doubt. And step away from judging and condemning others. Because that’s God’s job anyway. And someday, I will have my turn too.

And when I am gracious to others, I imitate God. Which furthers the Kingdom of God. And in a sense, offers it back to God.

Where Biblical Grace is Shared Peace Prevails

Grace has a calming affect. It relieves the pressure of performance. I can strive for perfection while knowing I’ll never attain it. And that’s okay.

Even though I’ll keep striving for it. Not because I’m trying to earn anything. But because I am experiencing the incredible blessing of Biblical grace. And I’m motivated by gratitude.

Grace puts me at peace with God. Which promotes peace with others. And transforms where change is most impactful. In the heart. And from the inside out.

About Chip Tudor:

Chip Tudor is a freelance copywriter, published author, playwright and pastor. He publishes drama at www.chiptudor.com, books on Amazon.com, and articles on his blog.

FOUR LESSONS FROM THE BIBLICAL STORY OF NOAH’S ARK

FOUR LESSONS FROM THE BIBLICAL STORY OF NOAH’S ARK

The Biblical story of Noah’s Ark in Genesis is more than a children’s Bible lesson.

It’s also mentioned in eight other books of the Bible, which includes Jesus describing it as a real event.

Here are four lessons the story of Noah’s Ark has for all of us.  

THE BIBLICAL STORY OF NOAH’S ARK REVEALS THE CHARACTER OF GOD

It’s affirmed throughout the Bible. God is love.

But if you stop there…focus only on God’s love…the story of Noah’s Ark is puzzling. Because the next obvious question is…

How can a loving God simply wipe people off the face of the earth? How can a loving God send people to hell?

To make sense of it you have to understand that God is also…

HOLY, RIGHTEOUS & JUST

Since God grants us free will, we get to make our own decisions. And bad decisions lead to bad behavior. Even to a level of evil. Scripture calls this sin and says we’re all perpetrators at some level.

God lets us carry on with sinful behavior for a season—which we’re in right now—but not forever.

Because God is holy and just, He eventually deals with sin and judges with perfect fairness. But because of His love, He wants to spare us. Therefore He…

Makes a provision

Noah’s ark was God’s provisional flood escape plan. While building it, Noah warned everyone about the coming disaster so they had the same opportunity for escape. But they refused to listen and respond.

And Jesus Christ represents God’s eternal provision today—for those who listen and respond.

THE BIBLICAL STORY OF NOAH’S ARK PUSHES AGAINST SOCIAL CONVENTIONS

God tells Noah to build an ark and provides instructions.

And Noah builds it all the while proclaiming the coming flood. The first religious nutcase! Especially considering the word “flood” wasn’t even in the ancient parchment dictionary. 

You can imagine the laughter. The ridicule. The late night monologue jokes.

Had it been today, Noah wouldn’t make it past the city building permit.

But Noah persevered. Ignoring popular opinion. Pushing against the culture. Perhaps feeling alone and isolated.  

And thousands of years later, Jesus did likewise. Hanging out with social outcasts and infuriating the religious elite by healing people on the Sabbath. Not breaking the command itself, but the extra rules the religious leaders unfairly piled on top of it. 

The point is, when you strive to honor God and pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ, you’ll stand out in the crowd. Push against the culture. And the drivers of the popular culture may snub you in return. Ridicule you. Maybe worse.  

And rather than assuring complete protection, Jesus simply says to deny yourself and follow him. No wonder the number of Jesus followers keeps dwindling.   

THE BIBLICAL STORY OF NOAH’S ARK TELLS US GOD PRESENTS GOD SIZE PROJECTS

Did God really have to make Noah take all the animals with him? What about herding them up the side of a mountain and stopping the water below them rather than cover the entire earth?

Then Noah could build a much smaller boat. One just big enough for his family, pack a little food and call it a two-week vacation cruise.

Instead God tells Noah to build a massive ark that takes 120 years to complete. Then he’s cramped up with a load of smelly animals he has to care for and surrounded by water for a year…without a hot shower.

Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

The point being, God gives Noah a job so big he has to rely on God to accomplish it.

Why?

Because had Noah succeeded on his own he would have taken the credit for it. The same is true for us. God gives us arks to complete that require His help so we give Him the appropriate recognition and glory.

THE BIBLICAL STORY OF NOAH’S ARK TELLS US WHEN GOD GIVES A BIG ASSIGNMENT HE PROVIDES THE RESOURCES AND WE PROVIDE FAITHFULNESS

God could have delivered the ark to Noah assembled and ready to go. But He didn’t. Or make it more bite size, more manageable for Noah to accomplish. Not that either.

In fact, God didn’t need Noah at all. He could have created someone new and improved with the snap of His fingers.

What Noah DID provide was faithfulness in pursuing a life God approved of and in following God’s command.

And it teaches us something else about God.

Not only does God love and provide for us, He invites us into His work. We don’t have to. We’re not doing Him a favor by participating. But when we do, we’re the ones that are blessed. Go figure, right?

You see faith is never merely passive belief. As James says, it’s lived out through our actions.  

So what’s your ark? What massive spiritual assignment is God handing you? Think it’s too big for God and you to complete? Or is perhaps, your faithfulness to and view of God too small?

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