Worship is Forgiveness
“‘Lord, how many times can my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’
‘I tell you, not as many as seven,’ Jesus said to him, ‘but seventy times seven.’”
– Matthew 18:21-22
There is no greater power in our lives here on Earth than the ability to demonstrate love. To show mercy, grant grace, and to offer hope. The ability to forgive and forget. We all know the all too familiar weight of guilt, the oppressiveness of fear, the heart wrenching sensation that comes with letting someone down. We’ve been there. We know how it feels, we have all screwed up in the past and sometimes the only answer is to pick ourselves up and keep going. It’s tough. Jesus was there before too. Our God, He is not far but near, not impatient but eager to save. Our God and Redeemer has been there before too. He’s been tempted by Satan.
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry.
Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”
Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”
Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.”
God knows our trials and weakness, He allows Satan to test us to refine our faith, to make us perfect. (James 1) But the most important thing to recognize is this. “God proved His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans 5:8)” God forgave all of our transgressions. He showed us grace and mercy to wash us clean. Through His grace we are saved and can experience complete peace and rest in our spirit. And once we are at rest, God speaks to us and we can experience His true love.
Through the final sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, you and I are completely washed clean. Our sins once painted our souls as red as scarlet, the weight of sin trapping and condemning us, but thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus we have been redeemed and washed as white as snow. God forgave us, so forgive one another. “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)”
So, I challenge you, God dares you. Show love, show forgiveness, give hope. You know how it feels to be condemned; Give the gift of forgiveness. I dare you. God forgave you; it’s time to pay it forward.