Friday, January 15, 2016

Thinx 89: Forgiveness Leading to Fear? to Love?

But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

— Psalm 130:4 ESV

"Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little."

— Luke 7:47 ESV

I'm trying to figure this out. How is it that forgiveness leads to fear? Is this just an OT thing or is there more to "fear" than just being afraid? Is there more to "love"? How should we respond to forgiveness, both in the short term and in the long?

© Copyright Bruce M. Axtens, 2016

Thinx 88: The Empty Words of the Comfortable

In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip.

— Job 12:5 ESV

We've all been in these conversations: the one at ease saying what some unfortunate should have done. It's easy after the fact to say what should have been done.

It's easy to sit back and pontificate rather than stand with the unfortunate one, shovel in hand, waist deep in the muck. Words are always easier than actions. If there are to be words let them be of mercy, encouragement and the calling in of God's purity, power and provision. Intercession is far more effective an agent for change than the empty words of the comfortable.

© Copyright Bruce M. Axtens, 2016