Reasons You Cannot Forgive

When a parent, a spouse, a child, a co-worker, or a fellow Christian does something that is contrary to what the Bible teaches, they need to be forgiven. Our ability to forgive demonstrates love for the person we are forgiving, just as God’s forgiveness demonstrates His love for us.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:9-12(NIV)

The real reason(s) you cannot forgive:

  1. You choose not to forgive
  2. You will not be able to throw it back in their face every time you want to participate in your sin of preference.
  3. You need the divorce, or difficult relationship to look like it was their fault
  4. People may perceive you as being weak
  5. You have a great way to get revenge
  6. You may have to help them deal with their sin or addiction
  7. You can no longer use their sin to control them?
  8. You can no longer make them squirm by reminding them of their faults
  9. You want to control their remorse rather than letting the Holy Spirit convict them
  10. Your gossip may not be as juicy as that of your friends.
  11. They do not deserve to be forgiven
  12. You will not have a good reason to have a “pity party”

In Acts 8:9-25, Paul tells of the event that occurred in Samaria, where Simon the Sorcerer had been practicing sorcery in the city. He had been boasting about how great he was. But when he saw Philip proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ, he began to listen to Philip as did many of the people; they believed the good news and were baptized. Simon the Sorcerer then began following Philip.

God sent Peter and John to Samaria where Philip had been proclaiming the good news. When Peter and John got to Samaria, they asked the people if they had received the Holy Spirit. The people said that they had only been baptized. So Peter and John laid their hands on the people and they received the Holy Spirit.

When Simon the Sorcerer saw what happened, he wanted the same power Peter and John had so he could benefit from laying his hands on people. Peter replied:

“May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Acts 8:20-23(NIV)

When we as Christians fail to forgive, we are actually using God’s forgiveness for our benefit. When we hang onto the sin that someone has committed against us, we become full of bitterness and captive to sin”.

When you accepted Christ as your Savior, God gave you the Holy Spirit to become your source of power to forgive others. God wants you to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to forgive those who sin against us. When we fail to trust the Holy Spirit to forgive, we are in essence saying God is not strong enough to forgive the sin committed against you. As a result, we will become bitter and yield to sin’s temptations.

Both Matthew and Mark record Jesus as saying:

And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 12:31-32(NIV)

When Jesus gave the disciples the model prayer he included forgiveness of others. (Matthew 6:9-13) At the end of the model prayer, Jesus gave these instructions to His followers:

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15(NIV)

Forgiving a person who has sinned against you, is not an option, it is a requirement! There are several different scripture references that indicate the importance of forgiving others.

James 5:15-16(NIV)

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11(NIV)

Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.  

Colossians 3:12-14(NIV)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Often when someone sins against us, we want to take revenge. We frequently want them to pay for what they have done to us; we are determined to ‘even the score’. However, we are actually instructed not to take revenges.

 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”        Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:17-21(NIV)

NOTE: All scripture in this blog was downloaded from www.Biblegateway.com

How Long is God’s Arm?

In Numbers Chapter 11, God is telling the people to consecrate themselves and prepare to eat meat. Of course Moses said they did not have enough livestock to feed everyone. Then God answered Moses: “The Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.’” Numbers 11:23(NIV)

God did show Moses that His arm was not too short. Moses called seventy of the elders and God took “some of the power of the Spirit from him and put it on the seventy elders” and they prophesied. (Numbers 11:28 NIV) The people did receive meat without even killing any of the livestock. God provided the meat.

How often do we need to be reminded of God’s answer to Moses?

In the New Testament, God has promised his followers that He was coming back to take them to an eternal home that He was going to prepare. (John 14).

Later, in the book of Acts 2 it tells about the Holy Spirit being given to His followers. His followers received the Holy Spirit and were able to do remarkable things. If you are a follower of Christ, you too have the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. You too can do great things. God’s arm is not too short!

Because God’s arm is not too short Paul was able to say: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13(NIV)

We can worry about our country and who will become president. Some people even worry that Christians will be persecuted if we get the wrong President. The behavior of the people has more to do with the future of the country than the person elected to President.

When you begin to be discouraged with the political candidates, remember that God’s arm is not too short to save this country and restore Christian values, if that is His plan. Jesus is still preparing a place for us. Someday soon we will be with Him eternally, God’s arm is not ‘too short’!

NOTE: All scripture used in this post were downloaded from www.biblegateway.com

What Effect does Your Light have on the Darkness?

Have you ever thought about the effects of light? When you are in a dark room and in an instant there is bright light, what do you do? Most people will try to dim the light or turn off the light completely.

If you are sleeping and someone turns on the light, our first reaction is to stop the light or at least limit the amount of light in the room. We may put our head under a pillow; hold our hand between the light and our eyes; close our eyes tight so the eye lids stop the light from entering our eyes; or we may even throw something at the light hoping to end the source of the light.

Usually that bright light is to remind us of something we need to do. It may be telling us it is time to get ready for work or school, Or it may be telling us to get up so we can catch a flight to a place we want to go.

As a young child, one of my parents would turn on the light when it was time to get up in the morning. There were two ways I could respond to that light: 1. I could close my eyes and try to ignore the light, or 2. I could get out of bed and start getting ready for the day. When I closed my eyes, I would go back to sleep only to be awakened to something more severe than the bright light.

On the other hand, if you are sleeping and the light comes on gently, like the sunrise in the morning, you will probably continue sleeping until your body feels like waking up. When light comes on gently it can create the opposite effect of the light that comes suddenly into the room; it can create a positive effect on the person sleeping.

The Bibles says that believers are the “light of the world”.

 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16(NIV)

Believers can also bring a negative result or a positive result to those living in darkness. Believers can come on like a bright light by condemning a person for their behavior or condescending to those in darkness. That behavior will be received very negatively by the unbeliever. Or by contrast, believers may come like a gentle light like that of the rising sun; A light that is gently absorbed by those in darkness.

Which kind of light are you? Do you strike the unbeliever with your light to get them to see Christ, or do you approach them gently with love so they can absorb the light of God that they see in your life.

NOTE: Scripture quoted in this blog were downloaded from www.biblegateway.com.

Jonah and the Modern Christian

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” Jonah 4:1-12(NIV)

This is an illustration of the modern Christian. God tells Christians “to go into the world and make disciples.” Man says “It would be better if the people would just come to us, then we can make them disciples.”

  • Man builds a shelter (church) so they can watch people come to know the Lord.
  • God provides a vine to protect the church.
  • The church grows the church into a big plant.
  • God sends a worm to destroy the plant. (The finance company forecloses because the church cannot meet the mortgage payment)
  • Man becomes angry with God because He closed their church.

Do we have the right to be angry when church does not go our way? Or when the music is not to our liking? Or the preacher talks about sin in the sermon? Are we like Jonah?

We have become so concerned ourselves and our church operation that we tend to ignore the thousands of people who do not know the love of God; people who feel so hopeless; or people living in fear of the future. That was Jonah’s problem. He was so concerned about himself and his personal comfort that he did not want God to spare the city of Nineveh. Jonah did not want to share God’s love.

What are your concerns? Are you more concerned about your own desires that you are about those lost in sin and despair? Are you more concerned about your church or your country than you are about the spiritual condition of the people living around you? Show someone today that God loves them.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20(NIV)

NOTE: All scripture used in this blog was downloaded from www.biblegateway.com

 

“For Better or For Worse” is a decision

When couples say their wedding vows, they will frequently include the statement “for better or for worse. What does this statement mean?

In the modern marriage, there is an expectation that everything will be done ‘my way’. So what the statement is saying is for ‘my way’ or for ‘your way’. As long as you do things my way, the marriage will get better. But if you do things ‘your way’ the marriage will get worse.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:1-3(NIV)

Could ‘for better or for worse’ refer to a decision? Suppose that your spouse does something that seems offensive to you or perhaps they have a habit or an addiction that is offensive. When that offensive condition takes place, we will continue to look for actions that will support our belief that our spouse has a ‘problem’. As we seek information to support our beliefs against our spouse, the marriage relation becomes worse. We often start looking for additional offensive actions just to prove our point.

On the other hand, when our spouse does something offensive, we can pray that God will forgive our spouse of the offense and help our spouse to change in a way that will bring glory to God. Rather than looking for more examples to show support your belief, look for examples of how God is changing your spouse. Look for the way that your spouse is glorifying God.

Too often, we pray that God will change our spouse then turn around and continue to look for ways to support the idea that God cannot change our spouse. When we pray we must also believe that we will receive what we pray for.

 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:13-18(NIV)

To have a better marriage, chose ‘the wisdom that comes from heaven’ Stopping looking for situations where you spouse may be offending you. Start praying for Godly wisdom for you and your spouse. Look for the wisdom from heaven, not to the wisdom of this world.

NOTE: scriptures used in this blog were downloaded from www.biblegateway.com

Does the presidential candidate have to be a Christian?

I am amazed at the lack of faith among Christians today. We approach the Presidential election as though God’s hands will be tied if we have a non-Christian president. In our own eyes we cannot see what will happen to this great country that we love. In other words, we believe that if we cannot see it, then God cannot make it happen.

When was the last time you read the book of Hosea? God tells Hosea in Hosea 1:2 to “Go marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” God puts people into power that He wants to use to discipline His people.

How many times in the Old Testament, did God put ungodly leaders into power? Did God forsake His people when the leader was an ungodly leader? God’s power is not limited by who is President. If your god is limited by man’s power, it is time for you to get a different God.

The truth is, as a Christian we want to have “easy sailing”. Even Jesus’s followers wanted ‘easy sailing’. Jesus told them in Matthew 10:34(NIV):  “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Heaven was not designed for whips. Heaven is for the faithful who have trusted in Christ as their Savior.

“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39(NIV)

God wants us to put our faith in Him and not in our government. God did not assign us to judge the spiritual convictions of our presidential candidates. What God did assign us is to vote for the candidate that God wants in power. For you to understand who God wants in power, you must have a relationship with God and be filled with the Holy Spirit so you know who to vote for. When we vote for the person God wants as president, God will do the rest.

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17(NIV)

 

NOTE: All scripture used in this blog were downloaded from: www.biblegateway.com

Your Articles of Faith

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)

How important is it for you to know what you believe?

This may sound like a strange question; however it could be critical to how you behave. Remember Peter? He was the disciple that cut the ear off the guard who came to take Jesus. He was the one who walked on water until he took his eyes of Jesus. He was also the disciple who denied Jesus ‘three times before the cock crows’. This is the same Peter who tells us to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15(NIV)

If you have hope for the future, you must believe something. What do you believe?

Many times when Christians are asked a question about their faith, they frequently begin their response with something like: “This is what my pastor says…”, or “The church believes…”, or “The denomination believes…”, or “I was taught…” And some of you may say:” What difference does it make?”

Suppose that you were driving your car and a stranger stopped you and said: “Someone said the road might be flooded and it is possible the bridge is washed out.” Or suppose another stranger stops you and says: “The road is flooded and the bridge has been washed out.” Which person would you be inclined to believe: the first person who heard the road was flooded, or the second person who knew the road was flooded?

People are more apt to listen to you if your beliefs are ‘first hand’ and not from a second or third source. Can you imagine an automobile salesperson trying to sell you a new car based on what his boss said about the car or about what the TV ads say about the car? Would you wonder if the salesperson knew what they were talking about?

I would like to challenge you to write out your “Articles of Faith”. You may ask what are “Articles of Faith”? Articles of Faith are simply spiritual beliefs that you have. Various Christian denominations have written down six to eighteen of their primary beliefs they hold dear to their faith.

Articles of Faith are usually in a prominent place so that people could look at them to determine if this was the church they wanted to attend. They were helpful to people moving into a community as they selected the church they would attend. In more recent years, if the people are going to be involved in church, they will usually go by the name of the church, which may, or may not actually represent what the church believes. The types of beliefs written in the Articles usually deal with the three persons of the trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and The Holy Spirit. Another article may deal with God’s word, another with a definition of sin, another about baptism, another about salvation, another about heaven and hell. Some articles of faith include more beliefs and some of the have just a few but each of these beliefs helps to identify the body of church members that attend that specific church.

Most of the beliefs listed in the Articles of Faith may vary significantly between denominations simply because we interpret the Bible differently. As a follower of Christ, you should be able to state your beliefs and the reason that you hold to such beliefs. You should be able to give the interpretation that you believe the Holy Spirit gives you regarding that belief.

It is much easier just to accept whatever belief is popular so we do not offend anyone. However, God tells us to be a light to the world but if we let our light resemble what already exists, we will be unable to change the world. We will still be in darkness.

God wants to have a relationship with us. But, if we do not recognize the importance of that relationship, we will continue to follow our old nature.

Note: all scriptures used in this blog were downloaded from: www.biblegateway.com

Ways to becoming a true Christian

How many ways can we become a ‘true’ Christian?

  • Being born into a Christian family? – NO
  • Saying a certain prayer as long as you know the date, time, and place? – NO
  • Going to a certain church or denomination? – NO
  • Being tolerant of other people? – NO
  • Taking care of sick and elderly? – NO
  • Be a good person? – NO
  • Try real hard to live a good life? – NO
  • Have a lot of Christian friends? – NO

We become a ‘true’ Christian only by having the faith to believe that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus paid the penalty for death and no one else can pay that price.

When we believe in Christ, we are once again united with God in the same way Adam and Eve were with God in the garden. By faith in Christ, we are adopted into God’s family. We are true followers of Christ—we are Christians.

Acts 16:30-31(NIV)

 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 They replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

John 3:16-21(NIV) tells us the same thing when it says:

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:16-21(NIV)

People have the right to believe whatever they want to believe but there is only one way to heaven. People can believe whatever they want to believe that will make them feel better about themselves, or feel that they have accomplished something but it still will not get them into heaven.

Salvation is a gift from God, made available through Jesus death and resurrection. There is nothing that we can do to deserve it. God is not going to force it on us or have us jump through all kinds of hoops to get to it. We either accept it or reject it.

Salvation is not dependent on Karma, a certain Horoscope readings, our tolerance of others, nor energy therapy. It is about believing that Christ died on the cross and rose again for you. The gift of salvation is brought about by our faith in an eternal God. There is no other way.

However, when we accept God’s gift of salvation, we also receive a bonus. We receive an advocate to help us and to be with us for eternity. We will never be lonely again.

“If you love me, keep my commands.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.  Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:15-21(NIV)

Salvation does not require a certain prayer be prayed or that certain words are used in a prayer, it is simply communicating with God that you accept His gift of salvation that was made available through Christ’s died and resurrection. You can do it right now, right where you are. God loves you.

 

NOTE: Scriptures used in this blog was downloaded from: www.biblegateway.com.

Church Tolerance

The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee are both at sea level. They both get water from the same source yet the Sea of Galilee is full of life. In fact, there are species of fish in the Sea of Galilee that are not found in any other body of water. The Dead Sea, however, contains no life, and it is toxic and bitter.

What makes the difference?

The Dead Sea does not have an outlet. It does not share the water it receives. But the Galilee has an outlet and shares the water that it receives.

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:37-39(NIV)

God expects His church to reach out to the community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can become so involved in gaining church membership that we fail to reach out to the people in the community with the love of Christ.

We have become so tolerate of world’s beliefs that we accept their beliefs as true but fail to tell them what the God teaches us in His word. Consequently, the church of today seems to be toxic and bitter to those who do not know the truth.

The Bible says that when we drink of the water that Jesus gives us, we will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14(NIV)

Are you a “spring of living water” or are you a camouflaged Christian? The Church needs to be built on the living water, not on tolerance of popular beliefs.

NOTE: All scripture used in the blog were downloaded from: www.biblegateway.com

The only free handout needed for life is most frequently neglected

Many people today are looking for a handout. We want free food, free education, free housing, free health, free transportation, etc. We have become a people proud of what we can get for free. We have decided that we should have everything for free. The person who can get the most from society is now being considered our hero. Our favorite political presidential candidate is the one who can give use the most “stuff” for free. In fact, we even think we should have “free love.”

To meet our selfish desires, we commit acts that we believe will bring us satisfaction. We get so involved in sexual impurity, and we begin to worship the created rather than the creator. We commit shameful acts, and expect the government to protect our actions. Even our minds become filled with “every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.” (Romans 1:29)

There is however, one gift that can bring love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In fact, it also includes an eternal home with the greatest family in the entire universe, yet we tend to ignore it. We are too busy enjoying our freebies that bring us only temporary satisfaction. We just want to live for the day… Eternity can take care of itself.

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:1-10(NIV)

The two most common reasons we most frequently neglect God’s gift of salvation are:

  1. We do not know who Jesus is. In John chapter 4, John is telling about a time in Jesus stopped by Samaria to rest while the disciples continued walking ahead to buy food. While Jesus was at the well in Samaria, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well where Jesus was resting. Jesus, being thirsty asks the woman to draw some water for him.

The problem was that Jews and Samaritans did not associate with each other. But Jesus, a Jew had asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water. The woman questioned Jesus about drawing him water.

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10(NIV)

You see, it was not politically correct for the woman to draw water for Jesus. But Jesus explained who he was and that He could provide the woman with living water. The reason we do not ask for the gift of salvation is because we do not know who Jesus is.

  1. We are only concerned about today. We just want to have a good time and enjoy life having our own way and doing our own thing. We are concerned about having money and the temporary pleasure that it brings. When we do not have enough we just try harder to find it even if we have to take what does not belong to us.

In Romans 1:18-32, Paul describes people who do not know God. The condition that he is referring to is much like the condition of our society today. The people in Rome were concerned about living for the day without God interfering with their temporary satisfaction. However, when we live for ourselves we will become spiritually dead. There is no future. There is no hope.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23(NIV)

The gift of salvation is not only for today, the gift on salvation is for eternity. We are so busy doing our daily activities that we fail to prepare for eternity. We cannot earn our salvation by working for it. There is only one way to salvation and that is through knowing who Jesus is and what he has done for us. We only need to accept the gift.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7(NIV)

Learn who Jesus is and accept the gift of salvation that he made available to you through the death and resurrection of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

 

NOTE: All scripture used in this blog was downloaded from https://www.biblegateway.com

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