On sin, here is what I found on Brandi's blog the other day:
(NB: I've abridged it to get to the point more quickly!)
When John Wesley was in college, he wrote a letter to his mom asking the question, “What is sin?” I think he was looking for a catalog of activities. I can imagine somebody listening to this about media, saying something like, “Okay, well, tell me what I’m not allowed to watch. Kind of give me a …”
Mrs. Wesley wrote him back. I think it’s so wise. She said,
Take this rule: Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.Isn't that ever so helpful...??!
On forgiveness, I found out this morning that in the Eskimo language, they have a 24-letter tongue-twister of a word: Issumagijoujungnainermik
(and if you click on the word itself it'll take you to 'Kisses from the Father' , a beautiful blog where Stacey writes about forgiveness too, amongst other things...)
This rather delightful mouthful means litterally this: 'to not be able to think about it any more'...
I love it! It just says it all - doesn't it?