Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Are you a forgiving person?

John Piper helps us see why Christians ought to be forgiving people. Forgiveness is not easy but it is glorifying to God and will bring us joy in God. Piper says,

"Our impulse for being forgiving people is the joy we have in a forgiving God. Not just in being forgiven, but in being given joy in God by being forgiven. If we do not see this and experience this, we will probably turn God-centered motives into a kind of benevolence that tries to do good for man without knowing what the greatest good really is - namely, all-satisfying pleasure in God. But if we experience forgiveness as the free and undeserved gift of joy in God, then we will be carried by this joy, with love, into a world of sin and suffering. Our aim there will be that others, through Jesus Christ, will find forgiveness and everlasting joy in God." (Don't Waste Your Life, 101)

Grace upon grace,

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