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Thinking Biblically About Worship

Today’s Verse: “Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you'” (Gen 22:5 NASU).

It was a sleepless night. Abraham knew what he had to do. How could God keep His promise to bless him through Isaac, and yet demand that he take the boy’s life in sacrifice? His faith, however, had eyes to see that God would raise the boy from the dead (Isa. 11:19).


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Failure To Thrive

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:1 NIV) .

There are infants and also adults who suffer from a lack of appetite and unless there is intervention, they may starve to death. Every attempt is made to stimulate the appetite so that the condition may be reversed before irreparable harm occurs.


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“I’m Sorry”

Verse For Today: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).

Alexander Pope wrote in his Thoughts on Various Subject, “A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”

There are some people that seem to say “I’m sorry” about everything. They are overly concerned about hurting people over the slightest act. They apologize if the restaurant food isn’t to their friend’s liking, or they apologize the weather is too hot. They may even apologize the sunset wasn’t as beautiful as was promised. These people are to be esteemed for their heart’s in the right place, but they overburden themselves with the responsibility of the world on their shoulders. They need to learn that everything that goes wrong isn’t their fault.

Then there are others who never apologize for anything. Pride gets in the way. When they are in the wrong, they will act as if nothing happened, and they think that should be good enough. If it is a minor infraction that doesn’t cause any harm we should let it go. As the saying goes, “no harm, no foul.” I remember a brother called a young mother to see how her baby was. The mother got upset because the phone call woke her baby. At the next worship service, her husband got in the man’s face and said, “I am here to get an apology for my wife.” Needless to say that relationship didn’t go anywhere. The man apologized, but he felt that any relationship with that couple would be unhealthy.

I’ve heard about men who stay out all night and come back as if nothing has happened. No apologies, or explanations. Obviously, these men do no properly love their wives.

Whenever we wrong another person, God expects us to make amends for that. We must ask for forgiveness, and seek to correct the harm done if possible. Even Zacchaeus promised to restore four fold if he had been an unfair tax collector (Lk. 19:8).

Let’s find that balance where humility destroys destructive pride.

Song: Angry Words

Dear Father, grant us the insight to see when we’ve wronged others, and sincerely say “I’m sorry.” Help us not to be too sensitive when we are slighted or wronged in trivial matters, and when we seek resolution, let us do it with the spirit of Christ, through whom we pray. Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rredden604@aol.com