Forgiveness and Repentance
In the Name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May He enter our hearts and minds and guide us to the truth.
Going forward from sin IS the goal, with the help of God. But God’s Will prevails in all things. We should all ever seek God’s Will because even if we don’t understand it, it would be what we would do for ourselves if we had His foresight and understanding. All we can do is examine ourselves and our lives and make sure that if there is anything we need to ask forgiveness for, we do so. Forgiveness does not come without a price. That price is repentance. Simply going forward without a map will cause one to get lost in the journey.
God does reign over all creation, even that part of it relegated to satan’s realm. His plan is for us to realize it and not give satan any quarter in our lives. To reserve all doubt, fear, questions and loss for God to deal with. Every morning we should lay our problems at the foot of His throne and ask for guidance of the Holy Spirit in discerning His Will for us. We alone have not the ability to handle any problems of life. We should acknowledge this and with Him all things are possible. The Bible, in it’s entirety, is the owners manual, the instruction and guidebook by which we learn how to interact with our Creator and Redeemer. It is all spelled out there. Paul was what he was, then was dramatically changed on that Road to Damascus. We should all be so lucky as to have our own Road to Damascus moment, that moment in which we learn, of a sudden, to give all our cares and fears to Him Who alone has the ability to help us through them, and to trust in Him to guide us to that which He desires for us. God doesn’t promise us a life of no problems, He promises us our Redeemer and a chance to move on with Him.
Fear of our Father God is healthy and based on examination of the Bible. Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Have reverent and solemn fear born of respect for the Ancient of Days. Know that you are saved, but faith without works is dead and much of those works entail mortification of the flesh by repentance and changing our thoughts and our speech and our behavior, which with His help and our faith is entirely possible.
However, this is a daily recommitment to Him who offers us Salvation and a daily reinvention of ourselves from these faulty flesh bodies to spiritually-minded beings whose eyes are on Him from waking to sleeping, each and every day a renewed contract that we must honor by seeking Him in His Word and listening to that still, small Voice of His Holy Spirit, ignoring the raging and vehement shouts of satan, he whose job it is to sow doubt and lack of confidence in our salvation and ability to overcome the flesh.
The flesh is our heart, our mind, our speech and our behavior. In all things, in every place, in each decision, we must ask one simple question; Would Jesus sign on to this? Would our Savior want to walk with us when we go here or there? Would He want to listen to us say this or that? Would we want to think on this or that knowing He is listening to our minds?
Some simply say “I am forgiven and there is nothing else to do”, but that is only half of the equation. The work of repentance is ours. He promises to help us with this, but we must go where He leads us. God, His Son Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit will help us get there.
In moments of fear and doubt it is paramount that we pause and prayerfully seek His will and help and be willing to follow even if we don’t understand. We are people, not gods, so we do not most of the time understand, but with time and clarity we begin to.
God forgives our sins but we are cursed with minds that retain memories and we cannot be slaves to our past through memory. We are beholden to the consequences of our actions and God even says He will help us with that, if we only ask. However, He does turn His back on sin and cannot see it, so in those moments we backslide we are on our own. It is only when we confess and seek His forgiveness that He turns to us, giving us a clean slate. A slate that remains clean while we repent but one that becomes corrupted again when we stop at forgiveness and do not follow it up with works.
As Paul said in Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
Take every word He says as truth, and such it is. Jesus on the cross does not negate everything that God the Father ever said. The error is in assuming that the Crucifixion wipes out everything God said up until the opening verses of the ‘New’ Testament. On the contrary, it reinforces it. The death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior makes it so that we do not have to sacrifice animals on an altar for forgiveness and can go directly to our Heavenly Father without intermediary, save the Son, everything else stands as written. We must ask the Lord earnestly for forgiveness and the strength to repent, to change our behavior and overcome the claim satan has on us.
We all struggle with repentance, but faith and prayer does not erase the past, it only breaks it’s hold on our salvation and allows us to continue on with our efforts to be the men and women that God wants us to be.
Our prayers for each other are heard and answered in God’s way and in His timing. The errors of our past notwithstanding, with and through God all things are possible, but what His Will is for us may not be for anything more than what we are and have. We must accept that as a possibility. We must understand and accept this and patiently wait for God to open a path for us to follow that will serve Him. He has always taken care of us, even when we didn’t want Him to.
He has always fed and clothed us even when our resting place was in a car, or on the street, or on someone else’s floor. He gives us much more than we deserve, as indeed if we all got what we deserved we wouldn’t want any part of it. He blesses us beyond our imagining and, God forbid, if we were to die tonight, would we be satisfied in that we are saved from damnation? Our hope should be that God has something for us to do between now and the time He does call us to rest, but what, if anything that is, is up to Him and if we are truly Christians, we have only two choices: to follow where He leads or not to. Where He will lead us we don’t at this moment know, but will follow with gladness of heart in the knowledge that we are serving Him who has Redeemed us. We shouldn’t blame God for anything we have done or that was done to us, satan’s hand in this world is heavy and there are many who have suffered much more than we ever have or, God willing, ever will.
We have to make an effort to seek His help.
So let us put the past behind us and look to today and what that holds for us. Indeed, yesterday is gone and cannot be undone while tomorrow is yet, and may never, arrive.
Have faith that the Lord will do that which He must to direct our lives. All we can ask is that He give us strength to comply with clarity and discernment to follow where led.
Besides, this world and all in it shall soon pass and the saved have nothing to fear.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”