THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS
We, Christians, enjoy the FORGIVENESS we received as a gift through the sacrifice of Lord Jesus. It is so wonderful to know we are forgiven.
BUT do we realize HOW MUCH this SACRIFICE COSTED so that we can be FORGIVEN???
I don’t think we do… only the moment when, on this earth we make a mistake and ARE NOT FORGIVEN, even if we cry, we pay, we do anything…
Law is law and THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS.
In our mission in Romania we have often been in prisons to proclaim the goodness and the FORGIVENESS of the Lord.
There you can see the pain of the prisoners, who are deprived of their freedom and DIDN’T RECEIVE FORGIVENESS for their bad actions, which deserve punishment and sometimes a harsh one…
Many of them accepted the Forgiveness through faith of the precious Savior who died to FORGIVE their sins. It is so hard to accept.
How can a Holy God die for us to forgive us and a man can’t? This is the consequence of sin…
But I want these words to help us REALIZE that THE FORGIVENESS we received HAD A PRICE… and a very high one…
Let’s be honest, we are used to praying and asking FORGIVENESS, but more with our lips… Do we realize in those moments how it would have been IF GOD HADN’T FORGIVEN US???
What would happen to us if we didn’t have an Interceder, the Lord Jesus, to forgive us?
If we were conscious of HIS SACRIFICE, OF HIS DEATH AND HOW MUCH HE SUFFERED AND ENDURED to forgive us, we would be more careful, more watchful with our lives, with our words, with our ways.
Because our sins DEEPLY HURT SOMEONE…
I say it again: what would you do in a difficult circumstance, when you know for sure you made a mistake and YOU CAN’T FIND FORGIVENESS??? You feel tortured and as if in a prison. So much heaviness, suffering, fear, despair, because you know a big fine is coming your way, which you can’t pay, and prison, even shame and the scorn of others are waiting for you. Sin demands judgment, punishment.
God forbid that we get there!…
However, there situations made me think DEEPER, MORE PROFOUNDLY to the love of the heavenly Father, to the forgiveness we received from the Lord Jesus…
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)
Knowing all these things and feeling them, HOW MUCH SHOULD WE LOVE, HONOR, CHERISH, PRAISE THE ALLMIGHTY, OUR FATHER AND OUR GOD AND THE SAVIOUR who FORGAVE us???
If you happen to have an adverse situation in which you are the guilty one and you find SOMEONE to help you with money or anything else, in other words to pay for your guilt, HOW MUCH WILL YOU RESPECT AND LOVE AND THANK that person who helped you…?
All the more so should we understand that for our FORGIVENESS, the Lord Jesus SUFFERED A LOT.
“Lord Jesus, take us to Golgotha so that we’ll realize HOW MUCH OUR FORGIVENESS COST YOU and for this reason help us sin NO MORE. Make us conscious through Your Holy Spirit of every word or deed, so that we will no longer grieve You, because our FORGIVENESS is COSTLY…”
Help us to no longer be careless or indifferent to Your love.
Help us imagine what would have happened to us IF YOU HADN’T FORGIVEN US???
Help us be more thankful and praise at any time and walk in HOLINESS. Thank You for helping us. Amen!”