All posts in " reconciliation "

Heart forgiveness – hard, necessary

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2023

“Heart forgiveness includes identifying with the wrongdoer, inwardly paying the debt, and then willing good to the wrongdoers.  This is hard but necessary to keep you from becoming someone whom — if you could see into the future — you would never want to be.”- Timothy Keller “We know we have passed out of death […]


Forgiveness failure – an account

By Dave Henning / March 2, 2023

“[The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant] is an account of forgiveness failure because that is the usual human story.  The movement from divine forgiveness to human forgiveness is constantly frustrated by human sin. . . .  Are you a professing Christian . . . known by your friends and neighbors for being unusually loving, generous, […]


Forgiven, but still in prison

By Dave Henning / February 22, 2023

“You can be forgiven but still be in prison. . . .  True freedom is not just in receiving forgiveness, but in allowing that grace to flow through us to others. . . .  This is what unforgiveness does to us.  It puts us in a prison of our own making.  But God wants to […]


An epic defeat of the enemy

By Dave Henning / March 9, 2021

“It’s often when I don’t want to live out God’s Word with another person that doing what God says is an epic defeat of the enemy.  There is nothing more powerful than a person living out what God’s Word teaches.”- Lysa TerKeurst “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your […]


Reconciliation – setting boundaries, restoring peace

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2018

“Applied internally, reconciliation involves setting boundaries and restoring peace among the adversarial members of your internal family.”-Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.”- Luke 11:17 “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”- […]


Fighting the onslaught of fret

By Dave Henning / April 23, 2018

“God’s sovereignty bids us fight the onslaught of fret with the sword that is etched with the words but God.”- Max Lucado “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”- Proverbs 12:25 (ESV) Between 13 and 15 February 1945, more than 1,200 British and American heavy bombers dropped […]


Level Three Forgiveness – unrealistic, offensive?

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2017

“For some of you, level three forgiveness will seem more than unrealistic- it will seem offensive.”- Kyle Idleman “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.  He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth.”- Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT) Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter […]


Transactional forgiveness- reboot the relationship

By Dave Henning / March 9, 2017

“In transactional forgiveness, some amount of restoration is sought.  You seek to reboot the relationship as much as the situation allows.”- Dr. Tony Evans In Chapter 10 (“The Pleasure of Detours”) of Detours, Dr. Evans presents the topic of transactional forgiveness.  Furthermore, he discusses this second topic as modeled in the life of Joseph.  Transactional forgiveness: […]


Forgiveness vs. reconciliation

By Dave Henning / March 22, 2016

In Chapter 9 (“Steering Clear of Stone-Throwers: Forgiveness Is One Thing, Reconciliation Is Another”) of How to Forgive, June Hunt explores the topic of forgiveness vs. reconciliation.  Ms. Hunt states that reconciliation after an offense is the ideal goal to strive for.  However, the differences between forgiveness and reconciliation are numerous.  Of the seven differences […]


Forgiveness and reconciliation

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2016

June Hunt continues her discussion of seven misunderstandings about forgiveness (Chapter 3, How to Forgive) by comparing forgiveness and reconciliation.  She also states that forgiveness is not a feeling. 2.  Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation.  Forgiveness does not equate with instant reconciliation.  Forgiveness doesn’t mean you turn back the clock and start over […]


Life- shattering injustices

By Dave Henning / October 20, 2015

Today Bill Hybels concludes his presentation of three categories to help us determine our response to those who have wronged us (Chapter 5 of Simplify). CATEGORY 3: Life- Shattering Injustices.  Pastor Hybels defines a Category 3 wrongdoing as a “life- shattering injustice that comes your way, often out of nowhere, an unthinkable tragedy that forever […]


The cost of forgiveness

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2015

Today Sara Horn concludes her discussion of five myths we fall for when it comes to forgiveness. 3.  Myth: Forgiveness requires reconciliation.  While forgiveness isn’t optional, settling differences or restoring a relationship isn’t always possible.  Someone else generally is part of the conflict equation, and we can’t control or dictate their actions and choices.  Although […]

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