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Q1 (2:29): Several years ago, I had an argument with my sister-in-law in which she accused me and my husband of all sorts of transgressions against members of the family. The big problem was that not a single one of those offenses was against her. After the argument, we received calls from the remaining siblings who were present at my toungue lashing telling me that they held nothing against my husband and me and didn’t even know what offenses the sister-in-law was talking about. I wrote an open letter of apology to our family members and asked them to come to us in the future if they held something against us. I wrote a letter to my sister-in-law and asked her to forgive me for losing my temper, but that I was unable to ask her to forgive me for offenses that I had not committed against her. My sister-in-law never apologized to me and while we are now cordial, there is still a distance between us. Would you please comment on the dangers in taking up offenses for others and the best steps to take toward reconciliation with the offended party and the one who took up the offense? Proverbs 26:17 says, “Like one who takes a dog by the ears, is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.”
Q2 (21:00): Is the grace of a loving, sovereign God enough to sustain a person through death? If a person was raised to believe and in his heart did believe, yet in the last few years of his life struggled with his own questions and lived life as if there was no God? How big is the grace of God and is that enough to get through the gates of heaven?
Q3 (31:59): Grace rarely discusses tithing. What is the church’s stand on tithing and the 10% mentioned in the Bible? Deuteronomy 14:22? Please elaborate.
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