Luke 7:47-49 says: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
As I was driving home after forgiving a friend who had hurt me I asked myself: When other people sin against me and I forgive them, will their love for me grow? Or vice versa? When I hurt someone and they forgive me will my love for them grow? Is pain, hurt and forgiveness in the midst of a personal relationship one of many instruments that God sometimes uses or allows to happen in order to have love grow for one another and to also have more love for God? It made me think of the verse mentioned above. I believe once the offender, as you will, realizes and understands the undeserved hurt that was caused and sees the forgiveness and kindness they have received from the offended, their love, and respect (might I add), will not only grow for the person whom they have hurt but more importantly and more centrally for Yeshua (Jesus) because all sin is sin against YHWH (God) first and foremost (Psalms 51:4, Jeremiah 33:8).
I very much relate personally with the woman who is mentioned in the biblical passage in Luke. I have made a lot of mistakes, I have sinned very heavily, and I have hurt my soul, my relationships with loved ones and my relationship with my wonderfully kind God. And even with all my constant, daily short comings, He still immensely loves me and calls me His beautiful bride (Isaiah 62:5). What grace! What love and kindness! My gosh! And it only “becomes” grace, love and kindness —in a personal sense, because He is gently showing me (also a gift from God) the burden of my filthiness and sin, the battles He went through, the betrayal, the spitting, the mocking, the misunderstanding, the scourging, the nailing, the thirst, the coldness, the nakedness, the shame, the blood, the beautiful and perfect bond that was broken with the Father…He went through all of that with joy, in order to forgive me, to take my crown of brittle thorns and adorn my head instead with precious stones of salvation (Isaiah 61:10). I watched The Passion of the Christ the other night with my significant other and while watching the movie with tears falling down my face, I kept asking God in my head…”why, why did you do this? I don’t deserve this Yeshua…why????” and the only reply I received was “because I love you”. That’s when a genuine love and delight for Christ violins its way into one’s heart. When one understands how undeserving they are to be truly forgiven by God- who is pure and perfectly good and understands what needed to happen in order to be forgiven, they stop being tuned deaf and begin to hear the heavenly, echoing sounds of His perfect, unremitting love. Those sounds begin to fill the blank music sheets of your heart with intricate and sophisticated notes of deep gratitude and a love for Him you know you can never mimic or play back to Him or to others perfectly. Have you ever listened to a piece of music and wanted to mimic the song with a piano or violin? My memory takes me to the piano pieces in the song Clocks by Coldplay or All of Me by John Legend…it was really tedious and difficult to learn how to play those notes perfectly, I was just able to learn the chords and that was hard in itself, but when I played them right, joy and excitement entered my heart.
There is also another symphony arrangement at work here… knowing how much one has been forgiven, one can now forgive a person who has hurt them all the more quicker— easier said than achieved, by all means. And I ask myself why… why is this so important to you, YHWH? And one word boldly comes to mind: Humility. He wants us to play notes of humility. The reason being is because God can not use one who is proud; His Kingdom was made for the humble. Jesus says in Matthew 5:2-3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” The very first words of Yeshua on His very first sermon on the mount was about the humble spirit. Scripture also tells us how God gives grace to the humble, and it is that very grace that saves.
I see an array of instrumental attributes of love, grace, humility, forgiveness, pain, and conviction composed into perfect harmony playing different tunes, all to create a celestial masterpiece called the Christian Walk. What notes are we choosing to play as we walk thru His garden? My only hope is that each step we take acts as beautifully played keys, and the more we better yield to the notes on display written by God, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the better it will sound, all for His glory and the more joy we will have in our hearts.
Romans 6:1-2, 12-13 says: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”
Please watch this very POWERFUL video of all the BEAUTIFUL names of God!
It will leave you trembling as tears of adoration and awe fall down your face!
HE IS HOLY!
Thank you so much Esther for sharing it!!!!!!
“Oh, how I love your law. Your law is my delight” – Psalms 119
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1
The whole concept of the Holy Spirit living in someone has been one that intrigues me and always has had me thinking about how genuine obedience is perfectly linked with the Holy Spirit. I find it truly remarkable how acutely vital the Holy Spirit of YHWH (God) plays a role in my life and in the relationship to God’s Holy Law.
I recently watched an incredible film: The Revenant. It was filmed during
the harshest months of Winter. While watching the film, I couldn’t help but realize the absence of color, life and growth. I believe when we deliberately choose to disobey God’s commandments, our hearts turn into a winter-like state. Our relationship with God and the Holy Spirit becomes cold, fruitless… lifeless. The rough and striking cold winds of disobedience hit us and we respond with our stubborn heads down and arms folded tightly, not wanting to move or budge. The word “revenant” means: one that returns after death or a long absence, and that is exactly what happens when we love God through our obedience of His Word. The Holy Spirit melts the snow away, awakens us from our deep slumber, and introduces us to Spring. It is where gentle wildflower fields of blessings and joy begin to stem, and leaves from the glorious trees, which provide security and relief, start to stretch once more. I am swiftly reminded of this Bible verse: “And the effect of righteousness will be peace and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever” -Isaiah 32:17. My gosh, it is startling that when you actually put to practice the Word of God, you start to realize how infallible His Word is. But all of this capability of obedience is solely because of the work and power of the Holy Spirit in me (Ephesians 3:16); my flesh is way too fragile, way too sinful to rely on, and so is my own strength too weak to obey the Words of my King. The desire to fulfill the Law in which I have grown to love and delight in, creates in me more of a need for the help from the Spirit. “And now, Israel, what does YHWH your God ask of you but to fear YHWH your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul” -Deuteronomy 10:12. The Spirit helps me achieve this very fundamental commandment. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” -John 14:14-18
I love the 3rd person of God: the Holy Spirit. And I do not want to grieve Him with disobedience. The Holy Spirit has given me life and has freed me from sin and death. The Holy Spirit has given me the ability to love as Yeshua loved. The Holy Spirit confirms that I am YWHW’s daughter and lovely princess. He guarantees my salvation and protects me from being deceived; He helps me recognize the True Shepherd’s voice. The Holy Spirit also aids me in my prayers. I was thinking about it the other day: there are always two gathered when I pray by myself, because the Holy Spirit is with me. It’s an amazing and humbling gift that God gave us the Holy Spirit, and I can honestly say that I can do absolutely nothing without Him (John 15:5). The Law that binds and the Holy Spirit that gives freedom seem like complete opposites that can never work in perfect synergy, but side by side they are a perfect match.
Allow me to encourage you with a passage that waters my soul! (See if you can count how many times the word “Spirit” appears).
“There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” – Romans 8:1-12
One can receive the Holy Spirit when they place their faith in Jesus Christ as their only Lord and Savior.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and because of that we are subjected to God’s wrath, judgement and eternal separation from Him. There is nothing that we can do to earn or pay our way into receiving the gracious gift of eternal life; the bible says that even our good deeds are filthy rags. But God, who is so rich in mercy and grace, loved us so very much that He sent His son to live a sinless life in order to be a perfect and spotless sacrifice to pay for all of our sins. Because Jesus Christ was human, He could die; and because He was also God, His death had an eternal and infinite value. Jesus bore the wrath and judgement of God on the cross on our behalf so that He can have an inseparable relationship with us. He then rose from the grave in 3 days proving that His sacrifice was sufficient as payment of our sins.
Once you receive these truths in faith the bible says you are now a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” And you now can have an eternal and intimate relationship with your Creator. I pray that you come to put your trust and faith in the one who came to die so that you may live and start living a life for His glory with the help of the Holy Spirit who now lives in you because of your faith in Him. As Yeshua himself said in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”