ACCEPTING FORGIVENESS-the ultimate humility

I knew and evangelist who was checking into a motel,bone tired and anticipating a week of services. As he walked down the hall to his room, he had an urge to go back and talk to the man at the desk. He thought,” I am always wanting to talk to everyone and this would make me even more tired. I’ll talk to him tomorrow. He did not sleep well. The next morning he went to the desk to ask when the worker from the previous evening would be on. The man replied, “Why?” ” I’m an evangelist and I just wanted to talk to him about eternal life.” “Too late”, was the reply, “He killed himself last night.”

Another evangelist was running late on the first night of a campaign and decided to wait till the next evening to have an altar call and invite people to repent and find salvation. THAT NIGHT CHICAGO BURNED TO THE GROUND. 300 people died and the campaign had to stop.

A young man I knew talked his girlfriend into using drugs along with him. He then found salvation in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to give up his drugs. She however went on to die of an overdose.

Heavy stuff!

They all went on to accept the forgiveness of God and to listen far more attentively to the Spirit.and grabbing the present encounter knowing that there is no guarantee of tomorrow.

Why, when we need forgiveness so much, do  we resist it so strongly? We are not even sure we will accept a God who would forgive someone as bad as we are.

You’ll have to examine yourself,are you resting in the forgiveness of God? Do you feel and act clean and pure and worthy because He has taken upon Himself all-all-all your sins? If not, some possible reasons are:

1. If I accept forgiveness for the full debt that I owe, I lose all right to bitterness or blame and have to accept God’s right to forgive my enemies. See Jonah.

2.If I accept forgiveness, I owe God big time and no longer have any basis for justifying defending my rights, owning my time, etc.

I Corinthians 6:20 KJV For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

3. If I accept forgiveness, I lose the rational behind not serving in the kingdom, realizing that no one is worthy so when God calls-GO!

Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore GO, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
It is especially difficult if the person we have hurt is still responding to our actions with bitterness. Still the choice remains the same, to wallow in self-contempt and cause even more damage to those around us, or to accept the forgiveness and reach out to those God places in our lives who will let God bless them through our yielded selves.
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