5/5/16: Come Back

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God is in the forgiving business, but He is not a punk. We throw around the words, “Lord forgive me,” when we find ourselves in a pinch from which we can’t escape. Suddenly, like Superman, God is supposed to fly in, swoop us up and out of the situation we probably brought upon ourselves, set us in a better place, dust us off, and send us along our merry way. Then what do we do? In due time, we turn right back around and ignore Him and His ways again.

At least some of us begin to heed our conscience when we find ourselves on this sin-ask forgiveness-sin again treadmill. Once there, we then decide to stop asking God to forgive us because we figure we’re pushing our luck. Then as always, life turns in such a way as to force us into a place where we need God again. We know our sin is great and frankly, we’re scared, but we’ve been away so long, we’re ashamed and afraid to turn to Him, but we know we have no other choice.

The children of Israel got to that place. They had continued to do their own thing and demand their own way. They had gone so far as to ask God to give them a king they would follow instead of Him. Imagine that: you, the disobedient kid going to your parents whom you refuse to obey, and asking them to give you parents you will obey. Now here were the children of Israel, standing before the prophet Samuel, suddenly realizing their folly. Samuel says to them, “Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. For the LORD will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people” 1 Samuel 12:20-22 (NKJ).

In other words, Samuel acknowledged that the people’s sin was huge, but encouraged them to return to the Lord anyway. So it is with us. Our sin matters and our sin is huge. We must acknowledge that. Still, God wants us to come back. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (NKJ).

Stop trippin’. God knows your sin and is waiting with open arms to forgive you. His wonderful forgiveness did not come cheap. It cost the very life of His Son. Determine this time not to take God’s forgiveness for granted.

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One Response to “5/5/16: Come Back”

  1. The title of your message, “Come back” has enormous meaning to me on a personal level with my relatives-particularly my parents after I had left home to become educated for a career. I left an empty nest, and I could tell my mother especially was heart-sick; however, she never said “Come Back” in so many words. In honor of mother’s day, I pay a tribute to her great sacrifices for her children and dedication to my father even during very difficult struggles. Her love was almost completely unconditional.

    After I became a “born again” Christian and faithfully pursued a deep abiding friendship with God through the sacrifice of His Son and gift of the Holy Spirit, I learned what true forgiveness is all about. I found that some sins were extremely difficult to overcome, yet eventually I learned that whenever I sinned and immediately confessed my transgression and repented, Jesus Christ would help me be restored to a right relationship with the Father. What an extraordinary gift. Above this Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death but glorious resurrection provide all God’s Children with the promise of eternal life.

    Truthfully, I sometimes still struggle with unforgiveness. This should not be true given Christ’s example of total forgiveness even while He was dying on the cross. Christ’s admonishment to forgive a person more than seven times seventy in the same day points to the type of unconditional forgiveness that He expects from all His Disciples.

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