Is There a Limit?

A person comes to Christ. He or she truly receives Him as Savior and Lord. Then, for various reasons, they fail and/or sin. Not once only, it happens many times over (although it doesn’t need to be that way). After awhile, Satan comes alongside and plants the suggestion that God isn’t going to keep forgiving someone over and over. He tells them that they just can’t help failing, so they might as well give up. But what does God say? 1 John 1:9 answers, “If we confess (admit, own up to) our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” There are consequences for sinning. God convicts, chastens, and corrects. However, He has promised forgiveness for His own. When we are genuinely converted, all sin(s) past, present, and future is/are forgiven. This has to do with “relationship.” When we sin after conversion, we break “fellowship.” When we confess, “fellowship” is restored. Do you see any limit to God’s willingness to forgive and cleanse? His mercy and grace abounds to His own. Although Charlotte Elliott’s wonderful invitational hymn, “Just As I Am,” seems to be basically directed at those who are unsaved, the second stanza could be especially fitting for those who have failed. “Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to Thee Whose blood can cleanse each spot, O lamb of God, I come! I come!Truly, our God is gracious and merciful and He will forgive His children! Selah! How many times can we expect forgiveness? As many times as we fail plus one!    Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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