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You Have Been Forgiven Much

June 2, 2011

It is time to ruffle feathers again.  I am not concerned about making people comfortable and giving them that fuzzy feel good message, I am concerned with speaking the real truth of the gospel and leading people to a greater revelation of who Jesus is.

The bible says the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.  So how do we love God more?  The answer is you will love God more when you actually experience his grace and favor.  You will not be able to love God more based on a story or testimony, you will love God more when you actually personally experience His grace and favor in your life.  A story or testimony makes you feel all warm and fuzzy but that is fleeting, a personal experience lasts you a lifetime.

Before I get too deep into this we need to establish that all humans no matter their condition or background are forgiven equally.  Once we understand that we can move into the story written in Luke where Jesus went into Simon’s home and the woman wiped Jesus feet with her hair, kissed His feet and anointed His feet with oil.  At the very end Jesus posed a question and said that those who are forgiven more will love more.

For reference see Luke 7:36-50

This woman was not forgiven more because she had more sins, she just realized the magnitude of her sins and realized that this man of Jesus was the one who would wipe away her sins.  When she realized how much she was forgiven she was able to love greater.  Consequently the Pharisee Simon probably had just as much sin in his life (probably pride) as the woman but was not able to love Jesus much because he could not see the magnitude of sin in his life.  He was forgiven the same but was not able to love Jesus as much because He did not realize how much he was forgiven simply because he was blind to his own sin.

Do you follow me here?  False teachings are happening all around us when pastors and priests will tell us that there are conditions to God’s forgiveness.  If you want to fall in love with Jesus more then realize how much you are forgiven and how great the grace and favor of God is in your life irregardless of you live your life.  The only condition to the new covenant is to accept Jesus as your savior and as the only source of the forgiveness of sins.  Once that repentance takes place then Jesus is able to fully flow in a believers life.  Forgiveness is for everyone but not everyone accepts it.

If you think you have been forgiven little then you will love little, when you realize how much you have been forgiven you will be able to love more.  Knowing how much you have been forgiven is the secret to loving Jesus more.  However, His grace is cheapened and the cross is not valid when you think only your sins were forgiven up until you became a Christian.  Many Christians walk around thinking they need to confess their sins in order to be forgiven when in reality their sins by their Father have been forgiven the second they are committed.

 want you to try something:
Every time you sin instead of confessing your sin, simply thank God for His forgiveness.  Just see what happens!  Confessing sin leads to sin consciousness, thanking God for His forgiveness leads to righteous consciousness and the goodness of God.  Understanding how much you have been forgiven does not lead to more sin.  Understanding your forgiveness leads to a greater love for God and the desire to not want to sin.

One of our biggest motivators
I think we can all agree we all desire to sin less and do better but do we know how to actually do that?  Friends the key is to love God more!  The more you love God the more desire you have to keep His laws and it really is that simple.  Love is led from the realization of forgiveness.  It works together and you cannot love more without the realization of the full depth of forgiveness.

Luke 6
States to not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven.  Ok here is where the feathers will be ruffled.  My beliefs are shaped by the Word and I will never discount anything Jesus said but I want to ask one question; who is Jesus speaking about?

Is He talking about God in this chapter or is He talking about something else?  Everything Jesus said is true but we must look at the context in which He said things, who He said things to and what He actually meant.  The truth is He is not talking about God because in the new covenant of grace God does not judge us, condemn us or put limitations on His forgiveness.  Jesus is talking about worldly things and how the world sees us.  Jesus not only gives us instructions on how to live for Him and our place with Him but Jesus also teaches us how to deal with things in the world.  This scripture by many is believed to be speaking of things of God when the reality is that Jesus is speaking about things of this world.  Please discern who Jesus is speaking to when He says something in His Word.

Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”   —   Luke 7:47

You will only love Jesus much when you experience His lavish grace and unmerited favor in forgiving you of all your sins — past, present and future.

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