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God calls us to forgive others to the same depth he forgives us. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). How could we possibly do that? We weren’t born with a generous and gracious attitude of forgiving others. We learn it when we’re born again. We first learn to accept forgiveness from God. We then learn to forgive others as we have been forgiven. I’ve found it helpful to work

I recall in growing up a frequent family prayer was for the Lord to “lead, guide, and direct” us. As children we were no doubt just parroting the words somewhat mindlessly. Nonetheless, we somehow recognized the need for God’s continual guidance. “Lord, guide me.” “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me” (Psalm 31:3). Sometimes in seeking God’s guidance, all the people, places, and events of our lives seem ordered like puzzle

That God hears our prayers is truly amazing! The God who is “the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:15-16) – this God hears me when I pray! Talking to a person we can see is natural and normal, even through the virtual world of Zoom or a video chat. Talking to a person we cannot

You cannot change anyone. Ask any husband or wife if they’ve been successful in changing their spouse. . . . It doesn’t work. They may hope and resolve that their marriage will be different or better than some marriages they’ve seen or known. They may privately think, My spouse will change. I can do this. I will change them. . . . It doesn’t work. My first big mistake when Donna and I got married was that I was going to help her organize

Here’s an intriguing approach for prayer – “Lord, cause me. . . .” Maybe you’ve never prayed this way before. I have. “Lord, cause me” can mean that I need God to push me to do what he wants me to do. Maybe I’m stubborn and unwilling, and I know it. But I’m also willing to be made willing, because I know in my heart that God’s way is best. God didn’t compel the Israelites to enter the Promised Land against their