Thursday 8 May 2008

Salt: Forgiveness

This time it's Kim's turn to set the challenge. This is what she says:

"The SALT team continues to be encouraged and blessed by your continued participation in our faith-based challenges and we praise God for allowing us to share our creativity in a way that seeks to honor and glorify the risen Savior!

This week it's my (Kim S.) turn to set the challenge and I chose forgiveness. The idea for this challenge came from a hymn we sang in church a few months ago. The focus of the hymn is on man's natural state of sinfulness and how through Christ's sacrifice on the cross we can be set free from the bondage of sin and be "set faultless before the throne."

Many a man would state that they don't need forgiveness and yet, when we compare our every day acts against that of a sinless man, we are able to see our utter hopelessness of ever being worthy of the gift of everlasting life and our urgent need of a Savior who can forgive and create in us a clean heart. "Mine the life won, and thine the life laid down...."

Please enjoy the beautiful creations the team has made this week! You may click on each team member's name to visit their individual blogs and read more about their art pieces.

If you are inspired by this week's challenge and would like to share something that you've made, please leave us a comment with a link back to your blog or online gallery. We'd love to see your creations!"

I have found this challenge to be a challenge in more ways than one! The area of forgiveness is one that brings comfort and freedom, but also one which is a challenge - to forgive others. Sometimes that seems hard, and yet it is so much a part of Jesus' teaching and a sobering thought when seeking forgiveness for ourselves.

It got me thinking that love is at the heart of all forgiveness - God's amazing love for us that led to Jesus giving his life for us to be forgiven, but also love for others is the key to forgiveness.

I sought in my LO to show that love is at the heart of forgiveness, based on the three scripture verses that I've used on it:

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Mark 12:31 Love your neighbour as yourself.

Matthew 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

I used PM brown weathered as the background and the reverse side of PM yellow ornate clusters for the heart - this was cut on my cricut and then run through my printer (having designed the cross and words in Publisher). Edges of the heart and background have been coloured with Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson.

(I'm wondering why photos sometimes make things look wonky!?!)