Luke 7:36-50

Luke 7:36-50

The only way that you'll have peace in your life is to enter into relationship with Jesus Who forgives sin, to be grateful when He forgives you of that sin, to love in response because He has forgiven you of that sin, and when you love Him, you love others because He loves others.They couldn’t get away from the feelings of guilt that they walked around with every day, and Jesus says there’s a way to deal with it. It’s called grace through faith. Do you believe you can be forgiven of your sin in your life? Of your past? Of the things that you’ve done that you know are wrong?…

That’s where forgiveness starts: is in the heart. Do you believe it or not? Can you accept it or not? And understand something. When you have been forgiven, then you are expected to turn around and forgive. And this is the thing I find the hardest for our generation, for men and women today that I interact with. We all want forgiveness, “But that stupid so-and-so over there hurt me! He doesn’t deserve forgiveness! But I want forgiveness…” Do you see what we’re doing? We are stealing a blessing. God intends for the blessing to be shared. Given freely. He gave it to us freely. Part of the problem that we have, part of the problem that they had, they didn’t want to forgive but they wanted to be forgiven. And part of their sin nature, part of what they had to repent of, was going down and believing the truth that God loves me, God loves you, and God desires to save us. And you know what? If I can look at you through God’s eyes, and see you with His love, then I truly can forgive you, and I can forgive myself, and I can turn from my sin. But it is the feelings of hopelessness that we carry with us that keep us from forgiving others and forgiving ourselves, or believing that we can be forgiven…

You know, there are people in this world, just as there were then, that believe that they didn’t need forgiveness. “I went to church today. I’m a good person. I helped the old lady across the street. I gave a sandwich to that poor guy. I don’t need forgiveness. I’m good. I don’t need God to intervene in my life in that way, because you know what? If God can’t accept me the way I am, He doesn’t deserve me, because I’m good…”

When we refuse to understand our nature, and our nature is one of sin, when we refuse to understand that the only way that that sin nature can be dealt with is through faith, then we reject God’s purpose for us. And no matter what good we do, no matter how nice we are, no matter how much we give, it is not enough because that is not God’s purpose for us… God’s purpose is for us to be forgiven of sin so that we can not only fellowship with one another, but that we can fellowship with Him… That is God’s desire and God’s purpose for us, is to know Him and to walk with Him in truth. Forgiven of our sin. Having that part of our life, those issues in our life, dealt with…

Do you believe God forgives you? And then, once you’re forgiven, how much have you been forgiven of? How much do you love the one Who’s forgiven you? Do you love enough to then turn and forgive and love others?…

I think the one thing we want more in life than anything else is peace. Peace with ourself, peace with God, and peace with those that are around us. But you know what? Without forgiveness from Jesus, without understanding that forgiveness, there is no peace. No matter how much you go to church, no matter how hard you try to be religious, you will not have peace in your life. The only way that you’ll have peace in your life is to enter into relationship with Jesus Who forgives sin, to be grateful when He forgives you of that sin, to love in response because He has forgiven you of that sin, and when you love Him, you love others because He loves others. Forgiveness can be contagious if we will let it. Because I’ve been forgiven, now I turn and forgive. You’ve been forgiven, now you turn and forgive. And they’ve been forgiven, and they turn and forgive. That’s what it’s about. Bringing people into a love relationship with God because they’ve been forgiven of their sin, and the only way you can do that is through understanding what Jesus did for you, Who Jesus is in your life, and having that relationship with Him.

Dave Elkins

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