Bible Ballistics: “BBs” #32 February 7, 2014
Forgiven? As I was praying this morning for a friend, I thought, “Lord why do we have to hurt, grieve and suffer for those that we love, who are rejecting you and your ways?” The Lord clearly spoke to my heart. ‘I hurt, grieved and suffered for a whole world in sin, can you not carry the burden with me?’ Ouch!! Here are the scriptures that He brought to my mind. Read, ponder and be encouraged.
Phil. 2:8, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Luke 22:44, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Hebrews 9:12, “ Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
2 Cor. 1:5, “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
Luke 23:34a, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
So what? Jesus requested forgiveness for those who caused His death, so I am to pray for the ‘prodigals’ in my life to come to Jesus
–as Col. 1:14, says, ‘ In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”.
The only place to find forgiveness is at the cross. Jesus went to Calvary for me/us, I am to love and carry those ‘prodigals’ in my life to the cross in prayer, as Jesus prayed for them/us before, during and after the cross. (See Hebrews 7:25). Knowing that the sufferings of Christ are being worked out in me, that I might receive His consolation and share it with the world, especially those ‘prodigals’ in my life. Not to accept their sin, or condone it, but to pray that they will see it ‘as’ sin and turn form sin, to Jesus—HE is our/their only HOPE.
Remembering that, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20.
So? Here’s our shot for today. If I am saved, I am forgiven; therefore I can forgive by the power of the ONE who gave Himself for ME. In Jesus’ story, the Father didn’t go to the pigpen to retrieve that prodigal, but He was ready for him when he repented and turned to HIM. (See Luke 15)
So? I pray for His Spirit to touch my ‘prodigal’, to look up. Our redemption draweth nigh and we can stand fast and intercede in their behalf and be there in His truth when they seek it. I pray this helps you as much as it did me.