It’s Elementary

By Linda Tancs

“Elementarymy dear Watson” is a phrase often attributed to Sherlock Holmes, the English detective created by the novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes supposedly says this to his companion Dr. Watson when explaining his reasoning in solving a crime.

God’s law is likewise elementary, as distilled by Jesus during His ministry (Matthew 22:36-40). He intended it to be simple. We complicate it through our own actions. What He had to say about how we should live our lives could be summed up in a few phrases: love others and give of yourself to them, especially the less fortunate (Galatians 6:2); be non-violent (Proverbs 3:31); be honest (Proverbs 12:22); be forgiving (Mark 11:25); and be humble (Luke 14:11).


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By Linda Tancs

An Elton John song reminds us that sorry seems to be the hardest word. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon to hear someone exclaim that “sorry isn’t good enough.” Even for the slightest offenses (perceived to be so in the mind of the offended), it seems like folks are increasingly unable to accept an apology. “Sorry” may be harder to hear than it is to say.

That’s problematic. After all, the Bible tells us to forgive, quickly and repeatedly. Jesus told Peter to forgive “seventy times seven times,” an expression meant to convey boundlessness (Matthew 18:21-22). Forgiving quickly is sensible because it prevents an offense from taking root (Proverbs 19:11). If you don’t want unforgiveness hurled at you, then don’t dole it out to someone else (Matthew 7:12). Your relationship with God depends on it (Mark 11:25).