More than Forgiveness

7 Oct

When God forgives us, He doesn’t leave us.

We were in a state of rebellion against Him. The terms and pictures the Bible gives us to help us appreciate our condition before forgiveness couldn’t be more intense. Yet in spite of what we deserved and how we treated God, because of His grace and through the work of Christ, He gives those who repent and turn to Him full and complete pardon for their sin.

But He doesn’t leave it at that.

What if God forgave us and then “went off” and left us on our own to figure out the rest of our Christian lives? What if God’s forgiveness didn’t lead to a relationship with God but simply was a verbal statement or declaration that we were released from past sins?

That would be tragic.

It’s humbling to think today of all the different kinds of sins in my heart all these years after the great gift of forgiveness was given me in salvation, and yet it is thrilling to look back and see the way God has never given up on me and instead has patiently and kindly been ever present in my life helping me to become what He saved me to be, to become actually who I became when He saved me all those years ago.

I know without a doubt that God has not only removed his wrath from me, but that God Himself is now presently FOR ME.

And I want to be like that for repentant people.

To not only offer them forgiveness but to by God’s grace move through that forgiveness to a relationship in which both of us are changed more and more into the image of Jesus Christ. To make sure they know that not only have I forgiven them for the ways they have offended me, but that without a doubt,I am also one hundred percent for them as well.

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One Response to “More than Forgiveness”

  1. Joe Lima October 7, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Nothing strange about this. God gave up His Son so that we who were far off might be reconciled to Himself. You see God actually did something about our enmity towards Him. He forgave us.
    Cerebral christianity will never do that. It will give up nothing for those who are far off. You see cerebral christianity is just that, cerebral. It is highminded and has a warped perception of its own worth. Rules and regulations are all that matters. Heart never comes into it. It is cerebral. Those far off must remain far of for they are not holy. As God wrote in Luke, “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a publican…”.

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