Over and over again the Bible proclaims that if we repent, God will forgive us. This grace feels too good to be true. Yet it is true. Love, grace, and forgiveness form together the very essence of God. Because we are not able to become holy on our own, God sent his only son to redeem us. Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we can be forgiven by grace through faith in Jesus.
Some people wager they will turn to God when they’re on their dead bed. But do you know when you will die? I don’t think so. Other folks think they can get away by misusing grace by doing whatever they want and then begging forgiveness again and again and again. What do you think? Could that work? Does God really forgive you over and over again? Yes, he does. God’s love can handle it. But can we handle it? I don’t think so. Sin breaks us.
Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. (Romans 6:15-16, MSG,*)
We want to think that doing whatever we want is what freedom is all about. But it’s not. It’s a sure way to disaster. Human beings are not made of steal. We break. Human beings are not untouchable. We suffer from consequences.
The only way to true freedom and wholeness is Jesus Christ. Take it or leave it. Sin breaks us; God restores us. Invest in your well-being and everlasting joy, choose Jesus. Today.
Forgive me for calculating and scheming against you.
Like I would know better what’s good for me.
Wash me clean with the blood of Jesus.
Show me your ways, Lord.
Our our grace upon grace and make me holy like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you believe that sin breaks us? Have you been made whole?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you offer yourselves to the ways of the Lord!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]