WAKE FOREST, N.C., September 29, 2013 — Why are you carrying that load of guilt and self-condemnation? Is it because you have done something and your conscience is not allowing you to have any peace? Well, before you sink any further, has it ever occurred to you that it may be a good thing?
God gave each of us a conscience that lets us know when we’ve crossed the line into the realm of wrongdoing. The danger lies in our continuing a pattern of wrongdoing to the point of it not bothering us any longer. Look at it this way: Our bodies have nerve endings from head to toe. It is possible to damage those nerve endings to the point that they no longer alert us that we are encountering something that will bring harm to our body. If our fingertips are singed, those nerve endings may be damaged enough for us to no longer tell if something is hot or cold.
Such is the case when we continue to walk in error despite our conscience warning us to turn around. The bible tells us that we can live in such a state of depravity that we come to a point where God turns us over to what is termed a “reprobate mind.” In this condition, the person does almost anything and has no feeling of guilt in the process.
You may say: “I don’t understand why you are explaining what a reprobate mind is. I thought you were going to tell me about the love of God.” I am, but it was necessary to preface what I’m about to say with a definition of a reprobate mind.
Some picture God as this angry Being in Heaven that is just waiting for an opportunity to send a soul to Hell. That is not the case. In fact, scripture clearly teaches that God does not want anyone to go to Hell. God’s heart desires that His creation, human beings, repent of their evil ways, and turn unto Him for forgiveness and salvation:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)
If in your heart you know you have done wrong (in what you have said or done), even if you’ve done it before and are now asking God for forgiveness once again: Know that God has promised that He is willing and able to forgive you. The key is having sense enough to ACT UPON the conviction and moving upon our conscience. No matter what condition you are in, and no matter how bad you have messed up, God’s mercy endures forever. Jesus Christ says that there is no one so bad that cannot be forgiven:
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” (John 6:37, NKJV)
The only question is: Will you and I come to Him in humility. Or, will we deceive ourselves into thinking that we can wait until another day, or that it’s OK if we don’t repent: ‘God will understand.’?
I leave you with a startling example of the love of God. Serial rapist and murderer Ted Bundy gave an exclusive interview with Focus on the Family ministries just hours before his execution. Even though you and I (and others) may feel that he should burn in Hell eternally for his deeds (and, truth be told, you and I deserve judgment for our deeds as well), Ted Bundy was led to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ prior to his death. If you have the time, consider Bundy’s words recounting his own depravity and utter corruption. Yet, despite all of this, he too was able to appropriate salvation through Jesus Christ because of the mercy of God.
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)
When we wonder whether or not God can forgive us, just remember that even though we deserve JUSTICE, God’s grace extends mercy. The acronym for grace is: God’s Redemption At Christ’s Expense. When we think on this, we should have no problem coming to Him to ask for mercy and forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
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