This mother’s heart has been pierced.
“A soft answer turns away wrath.”
The rebuke sits heavily on my ears.
I have no reply,
Hello. I invite you to join me in taking one final look at forgiveness from the book of Philemon. If you are just checking out my blog for the first time, you might want to back up a few days to the post from Friday entitled “Profitable,” where you’ll find the beginning of this discussion, then work your way to the present.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
A Message of Forgiveness from Philemon
Please be warned that today’s post touches on some painful memories. As I mentioned at the end of yesterday’s blog post, I’m going to make myself vulnerable to you because I believe someone out there needs to understand in no uncertain terms that God is interested in every situation and in every life. And there is nothing so big, so ugly, and so horrible, that He cannot transform it into something beautiful. Your situation may be far worse than mine, but God is bigger than your problems. Please let that sink in as you read my story.
from the Epistle to Philemon
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I ran away, but then I found
That God would set me free.
Mercy Forgot What Love Forgave
A Song for Sunday
I was a sinner, struggling alone
Under the burden of sins I had sown.
Then I asked Jesus my lost soul to save,
And mercy forgot what love forgave.
I’ve failed again. Lord, please forgive.
I’m dying, yet I want to live.
Break my heart, dear Lord, for that which Your heart breaks.
Help me comprehend the gravity of sin,
That I never lose the sight of what it takes
When, unguarded, I allow the wrong to win.
The love of Christ is wonderful! Sublime!
To know me perfectly—and love me still!