Forgiveness - Up To Know Good on Wednesday

Forgiveness
Up To Know Good on Wednesday

October 11, 2006

cup of java

Grace and I sat in a coffee shop as she told me her story. Grace grew up in a devout Christian family. When she became a teenager, she rebelled against her parents’ strict religion and decided to call herself an agnostic. After college, she began attending church with her roommate. She realized that though she’d been proclaiming another life philosophy, she truly believed in a personal, loving God. Grace started to worry that perhaps she had committed what she had learned was the unpardonable sin - denying Christ as God. Concerned about where she now stood spiritually, she wrote a long letter to her pastor asking him to simply tell her the truth.

Do Good - Take a few moments today to pray and/or journal about what you believe in your heart and how you are living your faith out in your life.

Grace soon received a well-researched and heart-felt response assuring her that God had forgiven her rebellion. With many scripture references to confirm his answer, the pastor wrote, “In your heart, you have always stayed close to your childhood faith. God looks at your heart. Not your rebellious teenage attitude or your ‘mature’ world intellectualism.” Knowing the pastor’s words were true, Grace accepted God’s forgiveness for the years she had stubbornly denied her faith. Tears welled up in her eyes as she quietly said to me, “God is so good. I know in my heart I have always loved Him.” What a gift that God has also always loved her and each of us.

“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,” Matthew 12:32. Read more of Jesus' words in Matthew 12:22-37.

God, thank You for forgiving our rebellious and independent attitudes. I’m so grateful that You are always loving me!

Note: The “unpardonable sin” is not a scriptural term. It is a phrase adopted from the second half of Matthew 12:32, which reads: “but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” The meaning of this text has been one of great debate and should not be read or interpreted out of context. Click here to read an interesting article on this topic by Dr. Charles Stanley.

Know Good. Do Good. Feel Good.

Sara

I pray that you have a great day as you experience and express God's love in fresh, real ways!

Blessings,
Sara

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