Category: Posts from Pastor Eddie

Daily message – 24 Jan 2020

Eddie,

Jesus purchased for us not just a merciful reprieve from the penalty of death, but an introduction into a life of grace beyond measure.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 23 Jan 2020

Eddie,

Forgiving lavishly does not mean that we continue to place ourselves in harm’s way. … By limiting [our abuser’s] opportunity to sin against us, we spare him further guilt before God. Mercy never requires submission to abuse, whether spiritual, verbal, emotional, or physical.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 22 Jan 2020

Eddie,

Mercy also means forgiving as we have been forgiven. In view of God’s mercy, we sacrifice our bitterness and grudge-bearing for the sake of extending forgiveness. We also sacrifice our legitimate hurts – the pain of unfair rejection or the sorrow of a wound unjustly received. We entrust them to God, remembering that Christ endured the same from us and for us, and to a much greater degree.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 21 Jan 2020

Eddie,

‘God have mercy on me, a sinner.’ (Lk 18:13). Note the word picture the man’s statement creates. God at one end of the sentence, a sinner at the other, mercy in between.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 20 Jan 2020

Eddie,

The fact that you are currently inhaling and exhaling at this very moment means that you are a recipient of mercy.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 19 Jan 2020

Eddie,

The self-justifier can be easily identified. He will be slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry – the very inverse of what James commands (James 1:19). … Self-justification reveals a lack of understanding of the forgiveness we received through the cross. The cross of Christ means that the score is settled.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 18 Jan 2020

Eddie,

If we grow forgetful that we are justified in Christ, our relationship with God and with others will feel the effects. We will begin to slip into patterns of denying or minimizing our sins, rather than acknowledging and confessing them. We will begin to keep score. We will become acutely aware of the offenses of others against us, and our anger will be easily stirred when they are committed.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 17 Jan 2020

Eddie,

I admit that, while my reading of Scripture grants me intellectual assent to the necessity and rightness of God’s wrath against sin, my emotional response is more that of a child not grown to maturity, still fighting for a clear perspective. While I can identify with the desire to edit God’s wrath from the Bible, or to contain it to the Old Testament, to do so would compromise his holiness and my posture before it. There is no way to reach genuine repentance without striving to grasp the justice of God’s wrath. As long as I view his wrath as excessive or cruel, I labour under a limited understanding of the danger and depravity of sin. And I labour under a limited understanding of Calvary.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 16 Jan 2020

Eddie,

Because of Christ, we receive training from God’s law as those who can no longer be condemned by it. We may be slow to recognize it as an expression of his love, but it gives us good government. It teaches us to walk as children of the light, to walk as Christ walked.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 15 Jan 2020

Eddie,

We can know this: no one gets away with anything. Nothing is hidden from his sight. There is no such thing as a secret sin.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”