Fiery Gratitude

How does the fire of your love for God burn?

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Luke 7:47 – Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

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Sin is sin.  Regardless of how big one considers it, the payment for it is still the shed blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  The only sin that separates the unbeliever from Christ and eternal life is the failure to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord.  Paul wrote that the Lord is not imputing the trespasses of the world against them.  He further wrote that to be born again, one must confess Jesus as Lord.  He did NOT say one must confess his sins to be saved.  The confession of sins is necessary for the believer who sins, for that sin separates the believer from fellowship with Father.

What I want you to see is my opening statement; “Sin is sin.”  Sin separates one from the Father.  In our Text for Today, Jesus examined thankfulness for the forgiveness from sin from what one sees from the earthly perspective.  He spoke of those forgiven of great sins as comparted to those forgiven from what we consider “little” sins.  His conclusion is that the person who saw themselves as being forgiven great sins would naturally be more thankful than those who saw themselves as being forgiven small sins.  However, we must keep in mind that Jesus was speaking from the position of the Old Covenant.  Now, in the New Covenant, God is not imputing trespasses against the lost, having already reconciled the world to Himself through Christ Jesus.  What is necessary now is the new birth.  “You must be born again,” are the words of Jesus.

For every human being, regardless of the sins he has committed, regardless of his lost condition, Jesus died for you, and it is only by His blood that you can be cleansed.  For every believer, whether you have completely backslidden into a life of drunkenness or debauchery, or if you have grown a little slack in your prayer life, or if all you did was tell “a little white” lie (there is no such thing), the price for your cleansing is the same for the salvation of a serial murderer or leading abortionist.  It is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from sin. 

The blood of Jesus was shed in His redemptive work.  It was His blood, and the manner in which He shed it that is the price for every sin, every healing, every deliverance, and every provision.  Regardless of who you are, your estate in life, or your outlook on life, it is the shed blood of Jesus that pays for your redemption.  That, dear reader, is the greatest price that could be exacted or paid.  And Jesus paid it all.  His work was “once and for all.”  We were all the greatest depths of depravity, and Jesus bought us.  We owe Him our love with the greatest passion, with a fiery gratitude that cannot be quenched.  Love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Keep His commandments.  Live by faith.

Manna for Today – Luke 7:36-50; Galatians 4:19; Luke 12:48; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:6-17;    1 John 1:7-9

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