Way Back in May, 2014, when the movie “What if – God’s NOT Dead” was in theaters, I posted “7 What Ifs“. You can read them HERE.
This summer’s theme for the pastoral staff at New Life Church has been The Lord’s Prayer. You can listen/view their sharing HERE. They’re addressing it phrase by phrase. I’m finding it to be illuminating, challenging, thought – provoking and even life-changing.
The past two weeks have been amazing as they have unwrapped :
“Forgive us our debts as / we forgive our debtors“.
Perhaps, partly because of this series, or perhaps just because God tends to work in my life by “asking me a Q, lets me ponder it for awhile, then helps me find His answer“ I’ve been thinking a lot about this What If:
“WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN ME AND GOD IF I DIE WITH UN-FORGIVENESS?”
Perhaps a better, corresponding Q might be this one that was #1 on the original list of
“7 What Ifs” (U did go there and read them, right??)
“What if we are ALREADY as forgiven (by God) as we will ever be?”
How would the knowledge and belief of that change my life? But first, can that even be true? Can it be possible that God provided (complete) forgiveness through the sacrifice of His Son at the cross? Remember – the last words of Jesus were “It Is Finished!” I’m not sure I’ve ever fully understood what He meant by that.
In the past 26 months or so since I posted that first list of 7, it seems like I’m learning more and more about how God’s GRACE and how He views me because of it. As I’ve learned more about how God sees me, It’s changed how I see Him. Perhaps the most important is how it’s changing how I see others. It’s challenged some long-held beliefs I grew up with,
argued about discussed by the hour, and related to God and others by.
Lately, as I write new posts on this writing thingy I’ve been doing for the past 3 years or so, I’m seeing more and more how “themes” are fitting together. In the next few days, weeks, (who-knows) I want to look back and see how this thought fits into my musings:
“Because I am completely forgiven by God,
I can therefore choose to walk in forgiveness with ‘YOU’“
In the meantime, I would LOVE it if you would chime in with your comments, thoughts, Q’s and yes, even your musings. Argue with me about it if you want!! We’ll learn together.
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