Never confuse “positional forgiveness” with “relational forgiveness”. Jesus’ blood is the atoning sacrifice once for all where forgiveness in his future is for all the sin we will commit in our past, present, and future. Our failure does not change our position in him.
But like in any relationship, when we do something that would hurt the other party we apologize. Not to regain the position of the relationship, but to remove what hinders the relationship itself. Remember that with Adam and eve, sin gave them the sense that they needed to separate themselves from God with distance. Yet God came down relationally desiring to bridge the gap.
Jesus came not to simply bridge the gap, but to close the chasm for those who believe!
Suffering has a unique component. It uniquely unmasks and identifies what truly is important. We never chase after suffering but when it comes…….and it will, seek the depths of what God has for you in it. You might just find that blessing or understanding that has seemed elusive up to this point.
“Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect (complete), he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him…”
I wrote this last week as I thought through the numerous times in the past ten years I came to find out that as I “walked with God”, I often wasn’t walking with Him completely. You know those moments when the Holy Spirit begins to point something out that doesn’t line up with the identity you now have in Jesus.
With a born-again Christian, the question isn’t really ever, “Does the Holy Spirit speak to me like this?”. The question is, “Are you obedient to that voice?”
The Gospel has never been really about making perfect people. It has been about perfecting people who choose to follow Jesus. That may seem like semantics but there is a difference.
Going through life minding my own business and living a lower middle class life, I begin to ask myself “Do I truly suffer with/for Jesus? What does that even mean? Is my life so moderately comfortable that my faith has become a comfortable convenience where I hang my moralistic opinion?”
I know… You were probably just thinking the same thing yesterday, but what does it mean to suffer for Christ?
A man walks down the street looking down at his phone. He flips through status after status of his friends. “Johns getting a new car……looks like Jen got that raise….what is that disgusting food Sam is……” WATCH OUT!!!!!
Let your eyes look directly ahead; fix your gaze straight in front of you. Carefully measure (weigh out and judge) the paths for your feet, and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
We often chalk our lives up to a series of bad circumstances and others who wronged us. Rarely do we stop and pause to reflect on our part in the miserable consequences of situations.
The truth is we are a greater enemy to ourselves than others or even the devil sometimes!
For we have many parts in one body, but these parts do not all have the same function. In the same way, even though we are many people, we are one body in the Messiah and individual parts connected to each other. We have different gifts based on the grace that was given to us.
Being a part of a community has the chance that you can be hurt intentionally or unintentionally. I know because I’ve taken many hits myself, been frustrated, and even felt discouraged, but I know one thing…the hallmark of a Christian community is forgiveness and reconciliation.
Don’t choose to run or avoid what should be forgiven and reconciled.
No part of a body can thrive for long apart from the head which gives instruction AND the heart which supplies life.
The headship of Christ and the heartship that is the church are both important in the life of a believer.
Choose to not be done… Because Christ is never done with you!