it’s more than feeling sorry

“Tell Tommy you’re sorry you hit him.” That’s how we learned to say we’re sorry–our parents taught us behaviors. Unfortunately, our feelings (Were we really sorry?) didn’t always match the act. We said we were sorry so we could get back to playing. We obeyed the rules and continued doing our own thing. The truth is,… Read More

The jig’s up

David was tired of going to war as the Lord commanded, so he took a little vacation. Then he saw this woman—WOWSERS! What a woman! They were two consenting adults—where was the harm? Secret lust. Secret sex. But it’s hard to keep pregnancy secret for too long—and this secret was out before they ever got… Read More

No excuses

Read the story of the Lord’s rejection of Saul as king of Israel in 1 Samuel 15. God gave a very specific set of instructions, which Saul listened to, then went ahead and did his own thing. (Sound familiar?) The prophet Samuel was sent by God to confront Saul. Saul told Samuel, “I obeyed the… Read More

Am I sorry for me or for what I’ve done to another?

Remorse  is when we are only sorry that we failed. Repentance is when we are in pain because we have hurt God or another person—for that person’s sake and for God’s not for ourselves. It focuses attention on the wounded one. If we are hurting for our own sake because we have failed, that is… Read More