Consider it all joy

People seem to love to complain. Nothing is ever good enough (or so it seems). Nothing ever goes right. Nobody likes things the way they are. Somehow it seems that if everything was perfect that people would complain about that, too!

Notice what James said about those things we normally complain about: “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials…” (James 1:2 NET). Joy when we fall into trials? Joy? What planet was he living on?! Continue reading “Consider it all joy”

Forgive from the Heart

Forgiving each other seems to be something that many Christians struggle with. From my experience of serving congregations for the past thirty-five years, it is the small offences, often done without thinking, that may serve to divide Christians and even split congregations.

Forgiving each other is so important that Jesus spent quite a bit of time teaching the necessity of forgiving. He even based some of his parables on the need to forgive. One of the most striking of these, to me, is the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, recorded in Matthew 18. Continue reading “Forgive from the Heart”

A new year

Happy New Year!

Today is New Year’s Day. After the celebrations of ‘Hogmanay’ yesterday evening (Scottish for ‘New Year’s Eve’), when friends and family get together, ending with the bells at midnight (although in reality these days it is usually fireworks), with parties continuing long into the night. Some “first footing” still occurs (to be the first foot in a house after midnight) but Scots will continue to greet people with “Happy New Year!” and a hug throughout this coming week. Continue reading “A new year”