Welcome to the Spa…come on in! Today we’re going to treat you to a Swedish Massage, with soothing strokes and the calming aromas of lavender and chamomile. Relax, and let yourself de-stress and be pampered.
Time to relax and let yourself be loved; your “massage” starts…now. I recall Joyce Meyer saying that it’s frustrating trying to sit in a chair that you’re already sitting in. This is how it can be for those of us who have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but still struggle with doubts about our forgiveness.
Some time ago the enemy tried to fill my mind with just such doubts, and then I got a sense that the Lord was really mad at the devil, and his attempt at trying to steal my peace with doubts about my forgiveness. I sensed the Lord was wanting me to be settled in Him, and in who I am in Him.
So the devil was trying to convince me that I didn’t have God’s forgiveness, or that I needed to try to get God’s forgiveness, but the Lord was wanting me to see that forgiveness is something I already have, and have always had; and he took me to 3 Scriptures to prove it.
First of all, the bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV), Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. And the 3 Scriptures that God led me to were: firstly 2 Corinthians 5:19 (AMP) which says, …God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them…. The second Scripture was Romans 5:10 (AMP) which says: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…. And the third Scripture was Colossians 1: 19-20 (NIV) which says: For God was pleased…through him to reconcile to himself all things….
These Scriptures are basically saying that at the time Jesus died (2000 years ago), God reconciled everyone to himself, and cancelled all their sins. They show that forgiveness is a past action, or a done deal, at least from God’s perspective, and as far as he is concerned; and they make any question about my forgiveness quite laughable! So in spite of the doubts that may come against my mind, it is comforting to know that forgiveness is something I already have.
Does this mean that because everyone is forgiven that there is nothing they need to do to experience this forgiveness. No, as a reading of the entire chapters quoted above would demonstrate. Each person has a personal responsibility to receive the forgiveness that God offers through Jesus. It’s like if someone offers you a birthday present: you still have to choose to accept the gift, take it from the person, and unwrap it. But the Scriptures do show that the bulk of the transaction or process is on God’s part, and as far as he is concerned, he’s already done his part, and it is settled or finished. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (MSG) says: We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
Therefore, all that is left for us to do, is to receive this amazing gift by faith. And it takes the pressure off, in that we’re not trying to get something that we can’t have. But rather, we are receiving something that is already ours, or that has already been given or offered to us (and since none of us is 2000 years old, it has been ours throughout all our lives). So we can imagine forgiveness as a low-hanging fruit, and all we have to do, is reach out (in faith) and take it – no struggle necessary.
Oh! sweet rest! Amazing grace! Someone once said: if it’s not amazing, then it’s not grace. Indeed.
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