All posts in " offense "

Take offense = zero-sum game

By Dave Henning / July 20, 2023

“When you take offense, you stop playing offense.  Your defense mechanisms kick in, and you start protecting your ego at all costs.  It becomes a zero-sum game, and no one really wins.  If you want to experience the miraculous, you have to offer forgiveness.”- Mark Batterson “The true saint burns grace like a 747 burns […]


Heartfelt honesty versus hostile honesty

By Dave Henning / January 16, 2018

“Heartfelt honesty comes to God on its knees.  Hostile honesty comes to God pointing a finger.”- Ann Swindell As Ann Swindell concludes Chapter 5 of Still Waiting, she inserts on caveat about honesty with God.  As a result, it’s important to distinguish between heartfelt honesty and hostile honesty.  We must come to God on our […]


The deepest spiritual lessons

By Dave Henning / January 14, 2018

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray.”- Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity  “For my thoughts […]


Forgiving ourselves

By Dave Henning / March 28, 2016

In Chapter 12 (“Buried Under Rocks of Regret- When the Person You Need to Forgive is You”) of How to Forgive, June Hunt states that, surprisingly, forgiving ourselves is not always easy to do.  It may even be more difficult than forgiving others. Ms. Hunt uses the powerful acrostic F-O-R-G-I-V-E-N to help you deal positively […]


To err is human

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2016

“To err is human, to blame it on someone else is more human.”- Unknown June Hunt continues her presentation (Chapter 8, How to Forgive) of the four stages of forgiveness by discussing stages two and three. Stage Two: Feel the Offense.  We may respond to unjust treatment with anger, outrage or even hatred.  Ms. Hunt […]


Learning to forgive

By Dave Henning / March 1, 2016

“Learning to forgive someone who has wronged us is nothing short of learning to think and act like God.”- June Hunt “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.”- Romans 12:7 June Hunt concludes Chapter 3 of How to Forgive by discussing what forgiveness […]

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