July 4, 2021
The recipient of forgiveness has a responsibility to change his actions. Stumbling and falling while going in the “right” direction is different than stumbling and falling while willfully headed in the wrong direction. One is seeking true pardon to have an opportunity to pick up where they left off in doing right; the other is merely seeking approval for an alternate lifestyle or for transgressing actions they plan to keep doing. Remember, God looks at the heart. The heart makes the difference. If someone is sincerely broken and contrite and wants to truly change, it reveals a heart for God.
- There is righteousness in repentance, not rebellion. Forgiveness is not the license to stay in rebellion.
- We cannot continue in sin. Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
- We cannot confuse repentance and forgiveness. Repentance is our part to change. Forgiveness is God’s part to give us a chance to change. God doesn’t need to turn around; we need to turn around or away from sin…listen now.