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Let's face it...we all sin...repeatedly...even after being born again.Can you be saved at one point...having received the Holy Spirit through accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior, but then, (perhaps while suffering from a mental illness), you commit some act which would be judged as a reason to LOSE your salvation?
Let's face it...we CANNOT, while in these earthly bodies, do ENOUGH good to get into Heaven on our own.
But, let's face it...we have formulated our own hierarchy of "acceptable" and "forgivable" sins in our own minds which we then use to judge ourselves and others.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.Picture Jesus, sitting at the right hand of God; minute by minute, and hour by hour, offering up arguments in favor of our salvation...acting as our lawyer to pardon us for the sins that we commit day in and day out. He is our defense attorney from the moment that we invite him into our hearts.
Grace is vast...Grace is offensive...
If we are putting limits on God's grace...grace that is powerful enough to be poured out ONCE AND FOR ALL...then we are putting limits on God. Then WE are playing GOD.
If we are saying that a particular sin is "unforgivable" then we are saying that we have the right to judge what God has said that ONLY HE CAN JUDGE.
But, that IS offensive...when we are having a hard time forgiving, or understanding, or wrapping our brains around the pain and brokenness in this world, GRACE CAN BE VERY OFFENSIVE.If we are saying that "guilty on earth" is "guilty in Heaven", then we are saying that the same rules apply in both places...but Revelations tells us that the same rules DON'T apply...in Heaven there is no death, there is no sickness, there is no darkness, there is no night...so the rules are NOT the same. Plus, we are saying that our legal system can judge who is SAVED...and we certainly know that our God is much bigger than our legal system.
Grace redeems sinners.
Grace restores relationships.
Grace reconciles our debts.
Grace reawakens our souls.
Grace revives our faith.
Grace renews our salvation.
Grace reminds us that we are sons and daughters of the One True God.
PRAY: Heavenly Father, I'm so thankful that you are so much bigger than me. I'm so thankful that MY SINS...past, present and future...are covered by Jesus's blood. I'm so thankful that I don't have the burden of judging the righteousness of others or the goodness of their hearts. Forgive me for my un-forgiveness, God. Help me to see others the way Jesus sees them. Amen.
~ Tammie Hefty
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