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How Much Do You Love Him?

By Don Loftis | 04.13.16

I have never been in jail so as to need someone to come post my bail.  I have never been so deeply in debt that I was unable to make payments.  I have never lived in a society where I was “owned” by someone else.

 

While I am thankful that these things are true, does it cause me to have a faulty view of God’s forgiveness in my life?  It is difficult to appreciate personal forgiveness unless we have a vivid awareness of our sins that Jesus carried to the cross.  John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” was penned from a heart overjoyed by his own personal forgiveness.  Even today the impact of that song comes in the awareness that we are “a wretch,” “lost,” and “blind”.

 

Jesus certainly encountered this in His ministry.  The Pharisees who basked in their self-righteous rejected Him and His offer of salvation.  However, the sick, like Mary Magdalene, that He healed became loyal disciples.  Jesus attracted tax collectors, adulterous women, and social rejects, because they perceived their desperate need for cleansing.

 

While sometimes we need to stop and count our blessings, there likely is a time to stop and make a thorough list of our sins.  This is not designed to renew our guilt or fear of punishment, but to reflect on the magnitude of forgiveness. Our love for the Lord lies in our awareness of Rom. 5:6, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”  That is ME — a “debtor” forgiven and a “lover” born.

 


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