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3:16.4 Pray for Each Other! Ephesians 3:16 part 5
Forgiveness depends on repentance, which of course depends on remorse for our sinful behavior. But once we have been forgiven we don’t have to continue to be remorseful otherwise, that diminishes the entire concept of forgiveness.
Here is the secret to understanding God’s love: God loves you so much that through the sacrifice of His Son, He is able to totally, and completely forgive you. And that means that when He forgives you then you have been… Are ready for this? Forgiven. It’s gone. The Psalmist says He throws our “sins into the sea of forgetfulness” and in another place that He removes them from us” as far as the east is from the west.”
Now if you continue to sin, well, that’s whole a different story. You can’t ask forgiveness for the things you haven’t yet done. As you contemplate the sins that you are considering committing you don’t need forgiveness you need obedience.
Let’s continue with Paul’s prayer, Ephesians 3:19 “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” And this leads us to what Paul has been praying for all along, Fullness of Life. This is what Jesus promised the Apostles when He said, in John 10, He had come to not just give them life but to give them abundant life, a life overflowing, a fullness of life.
Listen friends, without God, life just isn’t complete. Oh, I’m not saying that life can’t be good without God or that life can’t be enjoyed without God but I will tell you very matter of factly: Life truly isn’t complete without God.
Without a relationship with our Creator, life is never complete: there is always a piece missing. Because we were created to have a relationship with the Creator. I’ve said before, it’s like we were all born with a God shaped hole in our lives that needs to be filled and only Jesus can fill that space. People try to fill that space with all kinds of things, sometimes things like religion, and morality, and good deeds. And sometimes people try to fill the hole with harmful things, toxic relationships, casual sex, various kinds of addictions, and yes, even hate.
But those pieces never fit correctly. It’s like having a missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle and trying to force or trim the wrong piece to fit into the spot. But Paul’s prayer was that we would discover a fullness of life, and that only comes from the Life Giver, Himself.
So where you at right now? Let me pray for you, “Father, I pray that from your glorious, unlimited resources that you will empower these people with inner strength, through Your Holy Spirit. Jesus I ask that you will make your home in their hearts as they trust in you. May their roots grow down deep, into your love, and keep them strong. And may they have the power to understand, as all your people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep your love is.
May each of them experience Christ’s love, though it is far too great to fully understand. Lord, may they be made complete, with all the fullness of life and power that comes from you. Now all glory to You, Lord, because you are able, through your mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to the Father and to Christ Jesus, His Son, through all generations forever and ever! Amen. END
Medication: A Merry Heart
I was recovering from surgery when a charity representative phoned asking me to take part in a door-to-door fund-raising effort.
“Sorry,” I replied, “but I’ve been incapacitated.”
Undaunted, the caller kept trying to convince me to change my mind and volunteer.
I interrupted and said, “I’m incapacitated. Do you know what that means?”
She hesitated. “It means your head was cut off?”
God Bless, Have a Great Mother’s Day Weekend!
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Verse of the Week: Luke 4:18-19
Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 19 Psalm 20
Saturday: Psalms 65 – 67 & 69 – 70
Sunday: 2 Samuel 11 – 12 & 1 Chronicles 20