The big if
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This is the big IF
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) New International Version.
This is the big IF. Many people believe that because Jesus loves us we are handed a blank cheque. That we can repeatedly sin and it is okay because Jesus forgives us. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is a big lie created by the father of all lies satan himself. Now where in the Bible does it say we will be forgiven because God lives us. It ALWAYS says IF. If we repent we will be forgiven.
Repent: 1 to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life
2 to feel regret or contrition b: to change one's mind Webster’s Dictionary
“ and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. “ Jeremiah 18:8
So, when we repent God in His infinite grace will forgive us. If we do not repent, then we will face punishment. It is that simple.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities, For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;” Psalms 103: 8-13 New Living Translation
If we stubbornly refuse to repent it will be the most regrettable stupid thing we have ever done.
The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ Luke 16:22-24 New Living Translation.
Make no mistake; Jesus did NOT say this as a story, but rather as an actual event. Think about it, where do you want to spend eternity?
Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? Luke 13:2-4 New Living Version.
Now the same holds true in relationships. Notice the first word in the Bible passage? What is it? IF! If someone one sins against you, forgive them and take it to God to help you forgive them. Confront the offender with lovingly and if they refuse to listen take along someone with you to try to talk with them and be a witness. If the offender STILL refuses to repent, walk away and leave it in Gods righteous hands. Ostracize them from your life.
Yes that includes mothers fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives or children children. They are toxic and will only continue to add grief, misery and anger to your life. That may mean moving to another town, province or indeed country to get away from them.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:15
I know of many people who have moved to another country to distance themselves from family. They share with me the troubles and sorrows their family inflicted upon their lives. They do not regret leaving at all.
Another thing is that if there is deep pain and anger involved because of the abuse inflicted, please go get help from Christian councilors and self help groups like “Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.” There are many great support groups out there to help heal your wounds. Look them up on the internet.
Now if they do repent we are to welcome them back into our lives. They must of course agree to get counseling to solve the problem. It is no use if they repent, you go back and they continue in their destructive ways towards you.
“If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:2-4
Prayer: Please Jehovah Ropheka (The Lord our Healer) heal from the wounds inflicted by others. As well our beloved teach my how to repent of my sins and bless me with the strength to carry out the necessary repentance. In the name of our Holy Reconciler Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ love bless you today and every day.