Day 165 – Hell to Pay
On: April 14, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12:8-12

Oh, that this was something I’d never done! I think it’s unlikely, though, that I’m alone in so often feeling reluctant to boldly declare the faith that otherwise defines who I am and how I do what I do. Bizarre! However, as Jesus promises, when I do pluck up the courage (and that’s what it often feels like), it never fails to amaze me how the words tend to flow and my audience listens with interest.

Jesus makes it clear that we have to quite intentionally pour abuse on the very fact of God’s gracious love, before we risk getting into territory where there is no return. It’s one thing to reject God’s love, quite another to prevent others from making their own decision. I reckon that’s the essence of the much feared verse about the “unforgivable sin”.

It comes back to the issue of how we use the free will we have been given. I cannot prove God’s existence or the validity of His rescue plan for Creation, including me. But I have weighed the evidence as I see it, and taken the view that throwing my lot in with Jesus is the best course I could choose. Having done so, my act of faith has given Jesus permission to transform me into the person I was made to be. I most strongly recommend the reader to do likewise, and that is my acknowledgement. By contrast, I most vehemently urge, if you choose not to, that you do not try and prevent others from making their own decision. There may well be hell to pay.

Prayer:

Father God, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Amen

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