Sunday, 20 November 2016
Whenever I have done something wrong… Whenever I share about my wrongdoing, I say, “I was convicted...”
What is conviction?
Today, Oswald Chambers (OC) explained to me through his devotional - “My Utmost for His Highest”.
“When He has come, He will convict the world of sin…” (John 16:8)
OC: Conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one – “Against You, You only, have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4). When a person is convicted of sin IN THIS WAY, he knows with every bit of his conscience that GOD WOULD NOT DARE TO FORGIVE HIM.
YL: I don’t get it…
OC: If God did forgive him, then this person would have a STRONGER SENSE OF JUSTICE THAN GOD.
I pondered over these words…
OC explained that God does forgive, but IT COST the BREAKING of His HEART with GRIEF in the death of Christ to enable Him to do so. The great miracle of the grace of God is that HE FORGIVES SIN, and it is the death of JESUS CHRIST alone that enables the divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so... It is shallow nonsense to say that God forgives us because He is love.
YL: Oh dear! I have taken the word ‘forgiveness’ too lightly! Forgive me LORD!
[I see a man on his knees… weeping in repentance… Then, I see Jesus on His knees… in the Garden of Gethsamene!]
The LOVE of GOD means CALVARY – nothing less!
The LOVE of GOD is spelled out ON THE CROSS and nowhere else. The only basis for which God can forgive me is the Cross of Christ. It is there that HIS CONSCIENCE is satisfied.
Dear Father God,
I have taken the word ‘forgiveness’ too lightly! Forgive me LORD!
When I did something that had hurt my sister, I said ‘sorry’ but my sense of righteousness spoke ‘Christianity is all about forgiveness’… Father, You know what I was thinking about.
How shallow was my thinking!
Take me deeper, deeper in love with You, Jesus hold me close in Your embrace; Take me deeper, deeper than I’ve ever been before, I just want to love You more and more; Sunrise to sunrise, I will seek Your face, drawn by the Spirit, to the promise of Your grace; My heart has found in You, a hope that will abide; Here in Your presence, forever satisfied.
Allow me to go deeper LORD…
OC: Forgiveness doesn’t merely mean that I am saved from hell. Forgiveness means that I am forgiven into a newly created relationship which identifies me with God in Christ. The MIRACLE OF REDEMPTION is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One. He does this by putting into me a new nature, the nature of Jesus Christ.
YL: I’m not there yet! I have a long way more to go… the road is straight and narrow… I need You Lord! I need You to help me, to guide me along the way, direct me, correct me, re-direct me, remind me, chastise me… I plead mercy and grace for me and my brothers and sisters in Christ. We need You LORD! You are the Head, we are the church; You are the Bridegroom, we are the bride…
Bridegroom? The Bridegroom grooms the Bride! Hallelujah!
Dear Father God,
I turn to You,
I rest in You,
I undo my self – all that the world has taught me,
I silence all my worldly thoughts,
I am tuning in - "Speak LORD, Your servant is listening."
Lam Yee Ling