Forgiveness by Tony Evans


Dear Readers,

I just read an excellent article on Forgiveness from a blog I subscribe to, written by Tony Evans. The web address is: http://tonyevans.org (The Urban Alternative)

Here’s the article, in its entirety:

Tony Evans
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– CARING ENOUGH TO FORGIVE –

“As those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion… bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”
— Colossians 3:12-13
Many of us today find ourselves held hostage by a leash. The links in the chain are anger, bitterness, resentment and revenge. All these, however, come down to one thing—unforgiveness. Unforgiveness holds us hostage. And when we try to pull away, it pulls us right back, and we find ourselves prisoners of what someone else has done to us or, perhaps, what we have done to ourselves.

Most of us think forgiveness is a good idea—until we have to give it. Forgiveness does not mean approving a wrong or excusing an evil. Forgiveness is not necessarily the reconciliation of a relationship. The word forgiveness in the Greek means to release. Forgiveness is the choice to release a person from an obligation for a wrong committed against us. In the New Testament times, the word was used when canceling a debt.

Why is there a struggle in our hearts to forgive what someone has done? Because there is a bill out there that has not been paid. We insist on being paid, yet years go by, and the offender won’t pay the bill. Forgiveness always involves a bill, a sin against us that no one has paid yet. But God says to forgive one another.

For His kingdom,

Tony Evans

On The Alchemist…


Dear Readers,

Although I knew about The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I only recently I read it. The book had so many profound truths. As I was annotating the book I was surprised at the amount of take-aways I got from the book. I got so many, but the following is what I thought was one of the most important messages put forth by the book:

Fear is the ultimate blocker. According to Paulo Coelho, ” One should never give in to fear. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”

There have been many times in my life that I have been unable to talk to my heart. I didn’t know which way was up, so to speak! I was, as a ship, tossed to and fro, with no stability.

The Alchemist

I have a simple prayer on my heart. It is that I will always listen to and follow my heart.

In life, sometimes we’re receptive to the truth; sometimes we’re not. When we’re not, we miss out on so many of life’s treasures. However, when we are receptive, we are ONE, we listen with our heart, and receive what it is that God has for us.

I’m at a place in my life where I need to listen to my heart. I’m at a strategic inflection point. I need to make a major decision, and I need to make a decision not borne of fear.

Prayerfully & heartfully yours!!!

It’s Been Awhile! (I’m Back!)


Dear Readers,

I'm Back

It’s been a long time since I’ve written. Never, since I started this blog, have I missed a month without writing. I didn’t write anything for the month of April; not even one post. That’s a first.

So, I’ve decided to start writing again. I’ve been going through much turmoil in my personal life, which is a story for another day. So, here I am!

I’M BACK!!!