He Still Forgives Me!

A scoffer may believe that their sin was bad enough to put Jesus on the Cross, but that their sin is too bad for Jesus to forgive.

Jesus died for each and every person, and those who will receive the full benefit are those who will entrust to Him the forgiveness of their sin. It is truly heartbreaking to consider the scoffers who have been deceived into thinking that Jesus’ death on the Cross was just short of being enough to pay-off their sin-debt.

“… through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you: ‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.’”

~ Acts 13:38-41

My sin put Jesus through the crucifixion on the Cross, and yet He still forgives me! I have discovered that Jesus, at one time before creation, had a choice not to go through with the whole crucifixion, death, and resurrection ordeal. But, His love for me and for you literally drove Him to go through with it.

“… the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

‭‭~ Revelation‬ ‭13:8‬

He wasn’t about to go through all of that suffering only to then decline forgiveness for me and you. His sacrifice, His love, and His willingness is infinitely sufficient to forgive anyone who will (through faith) entrust to Him the forgiveness of their sin.

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Unforgiveness is Unpardoned by God

Unforgiveness is not the unpardonable sin, but it remains unpardoned until it changes.

A few decades ago a secular research company conducted a study of the correlation between health and hospitalization. When they finished compiling all of the collected data, they studied it and arrived at some conclusions.

The main conclusion of this secular research group that they arrived at from the data was interesting. They concluded that if 80% of those in hospitals had exercised a lifestyle of forgiveness of other people, they would not have reached the point of being hospitalized due to their declining health that came from the stress of a lifestyle of unforgiveness.

How much more important is a lifestyle of forgiveness when it comes to our eternal wellbeing:

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

‭‭~ Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬

Forgiveness of others is not easy, but it is necessary and can certainly be done. By definition, forgiveness is never deserved and can never be earned or purchased. Forgiveness is given by an act of the will, and sometimes when we have been deeply wounded we will do well to reaffirm our forgiveness everyday until we are no longer tempted by the lingering pain to un-forgive them.

God Himself cannot forgive our unforgiveness of others. This is not the unpardonable sin, but we will remain unpardoned until we do forgive every person who has sinned against us or has unknowingly or unintentionally hurt us.

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Fun Mud Run in Sin!

There are far too many people in today’s Church treating life like its a fun Mud Run in sin! The toxic mud of sin, which at one time was avoided through great godly wisdom, has foolishly once again become for them an inebriation, like catnip to a cat or whiskey to an alcoholic.

The fire on the altar of the heart has dwindled down to a small wisp of smoke. The fire that at one time burned bright and hot has been neglected everyday; the heart has become a stone cold altar from the lack of personal sacrifices being offered.

The fun godly life of purity and righteousness has grown dull to them through neglect, and the fun of debauchery and unrighteousness has been returned to, like a dog returns to its vomit.

Is that too harsh for me to say? No. What is harsh is being a child of God sitting on His lap, being held in His arms, and then slapping Him in the face rejecting His love as no longer being enough for the excitement of living.

“If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning…

Of them the proverbs are true: ‘A dog returns to its vomit,’ and, ‘A pig that is washed returns to its wallowing in the mud.’”

~ 2 Peter 2:20-22

Were you at one time clean and right and passionate with God? Do you remember when your heart was holy and red hot as a firebrand with love for God? Having been cleaned up by Jesus and living the good life, are you now wallowing once again in your favorite toxic mud? Are you once again inebriated by sin?

Eating vomit and wallowing in toxic mud is no way to live. The devil is laughing at you… but you can shut him up.

Return to the Lord with all your heart. You know how to do that, you already did it at least once in the past. Do it now! Not tomorrow, not 12 hours from now, not 6 hours from now, not even waiting until you finish reading this devotional. NOW!!

If you just returned to the Lord, Heaven is rejoicing over your return! I want to rejoice too, so please let me know also. 🙂

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