Bible Ballistics: BBs #142 Me Forgive??? How???
We talked recently about forgiveness and I’d like to take it a bit further. How are we even able to forgive?
Daniel 9:9 says, “To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;”
A bit of an unusual passage for our topic, but Daniel reminds us that all ‘mercies’ and ‘forgivenesses’ originate with the Almighty God—the God of all creation. The God who forgives, is the only one who can help us learn to practice forgiveness, and I’m so glad HE does. His forgiveness in me is how and why I can and must forgive!
Romans 5:1-5, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
God is at work in us—
He’s put HIS love within us—
We’ve been justified and forgiven—
We have PEACE WITH GOD—
He is growing us through life—
Hope and confidence are ours!!!
Why? Why would the God of the universe do all of this for me? Good question, and the answer is as simple yet complex enough to keep us busy the rest of our lives, but suffice it to say:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
That same love that caused God to create us knowing we would mess it all up, is the love that had already planned for our redemption in Jesus—
His perfect, sinless life in human flesh—
His death, burial and resurrection—
His atoning sacrifice for MY forgiveness!
And not only this, but when I come to Him in repentance and faith He pours His Sprit within me to enable me to express HIS character to the world. That includes HIS love and HIS forgiveness lived out in and through me.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Rom. 8:28-29
So??? Here’s our shot for today. When we belong to God, He is working all things in, out, over, under, around and through our life to conform each of us into the “image of his Son”.
So??? Let YOUR light shine for Jesus—stop letting Satan dim your light with SIN!!! I’m ‘gonna let it shine’!!!