How does knowing that you’ve been forgiven make you feel?
If a friend asks to borrow money and you know they have a bad track record of giving it back, does it make you less happy to offer it to them? What about if it is someone you know has given it back many times before? We have been forgiven much by God. We can know hope and security for our future because of Jesus and all he has done for us. It means we can trust in him and his promises – we can know he will be faithful, because he already has been. So the writer to the Hebrews says “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, because he who promised is faithful.” (v.23)
Knowing that God is faithful means that we can know that when we mess up, we will be forgiven. But there is still no such thing as a free lunch. We know how much our forgiveness cost Jesus, and so we’re not going to keep on deliberately trying to test the boundaries, keep on trying to do things wrong just because we know we can be forgiven afterwards.
Sin is expensive business – it wrecks relationships and has far reaching consequences. And it was very costly for Jesus who gave his life so that we can be free from it. God is a holy God, and without Jesus we could not be in his presence because we are not clean and holy. Let’s not try to keep pushing the boundaries and keep testing whether God will forgive us – he will, but that’s not the point. Let’s live lives that are on fire for God, and for loving him and his ways with all that we are.
Set us on fire with love for you Lord. Help us to keep your ways and stop doing the things that separate us from you. Thank you that you forgive all our mistakes. Amen.
Is there anything God is challenging you to bring to him for forgiveness or to cut out of your life? Why not do that now.