The Experience of being Forgiven
When we come to a realization that we are no longer under the wrath of God because of His Son’s death on the cross, our lives will demonstrate it. I personally need to have the experience of being forgiven by an all powerful God everyday.
J.D Greear was explained this truth in reference to his marriage. He was told this:
“Your problem in this marriage is that you don’t see yourself as a sinner, you know it theologically, but its never gripped your heart, you want to know how I know that? You haven’t forgiven your wife in the places she has forgiven you. IF you did see yourself as a sinner first then forgiving her for the smallest infractions would come naturally.”
A Christian who is bothered by anything that happens in his/her life is showing that they have lost touch with the greatness of the grace that God has given to them. (Ouch!) Ain’t it the truth though? No matter what we may think. If we show that we are bothered by the smallest infractions of our daily lives then we are slowly losing touch of the grace God has given to us.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Your ability to be joyful in all things is the test whether or not you know the gospel. Your ability to forgive the smallest infractions is the test whether or not you understand you’ve been forgiven.
The more I remind myself that I have been given the greatest gift in the world the more I will make God the center of my life. The more I remind myself that I have been forgiven, the more love and compassion I will show to those who are closest to me.
The cross must become larger.
The treasure of Christ must become more magnificent.