God’s forgiveness of us isn’t conditional, is it? Given His amazing awesome unfathomable love for the world He created, His forgiveness must be unconditional, right? Wrong! But lest you think God doesn’t love the world, think again! God loves us so much, in fact, He sent His only Son Jesus to the earth to live a perfect life, to the cross to take on Himself all His wrath at us for our sins and the punishment we deserve of death, hell, and the lake of fire in forever torment, and to raise Him from the dead.
Yes, that’s right. He sent Jesus to the cross in our place to atone for all the world’s sins. So all who turn from our sins, believe in Jesus as Lord and in His death and resurrection, truly turning our hearts and lives over to God and His ways, henceforth living for God according to His ways and no longer for self according to our sinful ways, are forgiven, promised forever life with God, and filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
Oh, what magnificent love! So what is conditional about this? Isn’t God’s forgiveness and eternal life a gift from God we can’t possibly earn and deserve? Yes! So what’s conditional?
We need to RECEIVE the gift God offers us! We can RECEIVE God’s salvation, or we can REJECT it. How do we receive it? We must be sorry for our sins, TURN from a lifestyle of sin to God and His ways, believing in Jesus as Lord and in His death and resurrection. This is how we RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Lord and how we RECEIVE forever life with God!
We must turn from the way we were living to God and live the way He calls us to live as He teaches us in the Bible. For Him! When we turn to Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are BORN AGAIN SPIRITUALLY and receive the promise of forever with God instead of death, hell, and the lake of fire.
Once we receive Jesus as Lord, we still fall short and sin at times. What then? Will God forgive us? WHEN WE ARE SORRY FOR OUR SINS AND WE TURN TO HIM, TO HIS WAYS, AWAY FROM THE SIN, He forgives us. The condition? We need to TURN TO HIM and receive THE GIFT OF HIS MERCY AND FORGIVENESS.
Friend, God loves us so much He wants us in His forever fellowship. But He won’t force His love and forgiveness on us. He won’t force us to turn to Him. He won’t force us to humble ourselves and repent. He will forgive us IF we humble ourselves and turn to Him and receive the gift of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and the promises He reveals to us in the Bible He has for us.
If you need forgiveness, friend, if you have not yet received the promise of forever with God and to be saved from God’s wrath at you for your sins and the punishment of death, hell, and the lake of fire, or if you have already become His follower but right now are living in open rebellion against Him in some area or areas of your life, TURN, TURN, TURN with a humble heart to the Lord Jesus Christ, oh TURN! TURN TO JESUS! Turn to the Lord, cry out to Him for His forgiveness, and thankfully and joyfully receive it!
Oh, God, my heart’s cry for this world is that all will humble themselves and turn to you, dear Jesus, as forever Lord. Oh, God, use this message, spread it near and far, this very little devotional message you have compelled me to write, please oh God use it to bring more people into your Kingdom and to help those who already have committed their lives to you to repent whenever they need to. Oh, Lord, thank you, thank you dear Lord, AMEN!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 KJV
“O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalms 51:15-17 KJV
“…Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:…Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalms 51:1-7 KJV