Guard Your Heart from Satan’s Schemes (Proverbs 4:23-27)

Are you being tempted to commit an act apart from God’s design for your life? When we read David’s instructions to his son Solomon in Proverbs 4:1-9, we recognize that the King of Israel was warning his eventual successor that he would be tempted toward foolish behavior. Wisdom would be his weapon to apply his […]

How Do We Let Go of Resisting Blessing Horizontally in Relationships? (Matthew 7:12)

Can you honestly say that you love your offender? How do we truly let go of resisting blessing our enemy horizontally in relationships? We wish our enemy well before others. First, we love our enemy by serving them in order to meet a legitimate need in their life. This love fulfills the Law: “In everything, […]

Praying for Your Offender (Matthew 5:43-48)

Have you tried praying for the person who wronged you? If so, what did your prayer sound like? Too often we hold on to resisting blessing our offender, the fourth prison wall of withholding forgiveness. Resisting blessing does not wish our offender well before God or others; it treats others as they have treated us, […]

How Does Resisting Blessing Affect Our Vertical Relationship with God? (1 John 4:20)

Are you involved in a conflict where you simply cannot bless the offender? Resisting blessing does not wish our offender well before God. It treats others as they treat us. Jesus said, that His followers had been taught a legalistic interpretation of the greatest horizontal commandment to love one’s neighbor (Matthew 5:43). They had learned […]