DAY 13 - Forgiven Much, Love Much

Do I realize just how much God has forgiven me and saved me from eternal condemnation? 

36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.  37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume,  38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.  39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner."  40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.  41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?" 43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said.  44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." 48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"  50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

INSIGHT:  This passage absolutely destroys most of the “religious” and “church” thinking of today.  A wicked sinner has just been loved and justified by Christ, apart from any and all religious rituals, denominational affiliations, traditions, sinner’s prayers, altar calls, raised hands, etc. As far as we can tell, she didn’t even confess or ask for forgiveness with her words.  But she didn’t have to because her actions are screaming, “I am convicted of my sin Jesus, and I have seen that you forgive others like me, and I know that you are the Savior.  I am turning from my sin, to you, because I need your forgiveness, and I love you for doing this for me.”

 Have a weak desire to obey God?

If you are having an obedience problem, you have a love problem.  If you are having a love problem, you have a forgiveness problem.  If you are having a forgiveness problem, you have a repentance problem.  If you are having a repentance problem, you have a fear of God problem.  If you are having a fear of God problem, you have a false teaching or ignorance of God’s word problem.  To solve all of these problems, proceed immediately to start reading the entire book of Revelation.  I have discovered what the mysterious blessing is that it says comes on all who read it (Rev 1:3).  The fear of God is that blessing, which leads to ALL other blessings.  Don’t believe me?  Then just watch all the resistance and distraction that comes from the devil when you commit to even trying to do this. 

DAY 12 - God Forgives All Sin Except One

Do I understand that there is no sin God won’t forgive except blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."  25Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house. 30  "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 31And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.  32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

INSIGHT:  Look at those amazing and unbelievable words in v. 31, “every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men…”  That means, besides blaspheming the Holy Spirit, there is no sin that is too bad for God to forgive us of.  Many people have a hard time believing that God could possibly forgive them because of what they did.  I know through personal experience that He can because when I was 20 years old, I willingly drove my girlfriend (who became my wife) to the abortion clinic and gave my consent to abort what turned out to be our twin babies.  In God’s eyes, that made me a murderer and even worse, a murderer of innocent little babies.  I deserve hell for things far less evil than that, but I am so thankful that God forgave me of my grievous sins and ignorance.  By God’s amazing grace, I join the ranks of other murderers who became ministers, like Moses, King David, and Paul.  (Paul consented to murders).  I have been forgiven much and therefore I love Him very much (Luke 7:47).

In regards to the unforgiveable sin, the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons, by the power of Satan.  Blaspheming the Holy Spirit means to speak evil of, or attribute evil to Him.  Many Christians are afraid to speak up about questionable “moves of the Spirit” or false teaching, for fear of violating this Scripture.  But this goes to an incorrect extreme and violates other warnings like Mt 7:15-20, 24:11, 1 Jn 4:1, 1 Tim 4:1, 2 Cor 11:4.  The Pharisees hated Jesus and purposely acted maliciously towards Him.  We do not hate Jesus and it is wise, discerning, and expected for us to test the spirits, lest we be deceived. 

Years ago people began speaking out against the false teaching of Beny Hinn, whereupon he said on camera that he wished he had a “Holy Spirit machine gun”, so he could blow them all away.  He also said, “I curse anyone who speaks against my ministry”.  Do these sound like things Jesus, Peter, John, Paul, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, or A.W. Tozer would ever say?  We must not assume every “move” is from the Spirit, or that every man who claims to love and speak for Jesus, is in fact a true man of God (2 Cor 11:3-4, 13-15).  Far too many deceiving spirits are in the church today. So remember, we can know the wolves, even though they wear sheep’s clothing, by their fruit.