What Sin Unforgivable?
We live in a world that says whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, you must do all things in moderation. Drink a little, eat what you want, fornicate a bit, gossip sporadically as long as you do it in moderation you are all right. We often accept this concept without giving it a second thought. Now, if you are a person of the world, I don’t expect you to have the Bible as a moral compass, however, if you claim to be a follower of Jesus, then the good book should be your guide. Most Christians adopt this method of moderation in order to blend in and not stand too far apart from the world. Let’s face it, we don’t want to be weird or too peculiar. We want to be cool, accepted and liked. Does God want us to stand apart from the world?
In Romans 12:2, we are admonished to not be like the world. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” While I agree that there are times when we may have to make do with what we have, our aim should always be to please God all the time and not some of the time. I am still guilty of not giving God my all at all times. That’s okay as long as you are striving to be His true follower.
As babies learn to walk, they fall often. Sometimes, they may even skin a knee or two. The parents don’t discourage walking, they may advise walking more carefully. The more the baby walks, the stronger it becomes and soon, to the chagrin of the parents, the child is running everywhere and they are no longer babies. God is that loving Father who whose arms are always there to help us up and encouraging us to try again. As you go through life doing things in moderation, ask yourself if God wants you to glorify Him in moderation. None of us are perfect. I wrestle daily to give my all to God, and I fail Him daily. Don’t give up and keep striving to serve Him with all of our might.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9
When we take a supplement or cleanse our face, we’re not doing it as mere routine. We’re doing it to feel better and to take care of our body from the inside out. Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? It absorbs everything you put on it from body lotions and body washes to soap and deodorant. The beauty products and supplements you use are food for your body and it’s incredibly important to know what is in every bottle, tube and container.
Eating well also means leaving out or only rarely consuming foods that are high in added sugar, saturated fat and sodium. That includes most fast food, full-calorie sodas, processed snacks like chips and crackers, and anything with more milligrams of sodium than there are calories in a serving.
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We live in a world that says that some sins that are unforgivable. Which sin would that be? Molesting a child, raping and handicapped woman, or brutally murdering your own child? Which sin does the Bible say in unforgivable? Can we as fallen humans place stipulations on forgiveness? What is forgiveness and why should we do it?
Dictionary.com defines forgiveness as to stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone. In Matthew 18:-22, Peter asked Jesus how often must he forgive his brother. Jesus answered and said, ““I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. “ This tells me that every time someone sins against us, we must always forgive whether sorry or not. That is a tough pill to swallow especially when you have been hurt and you are angry. When I moved to the south at the end of 2011, I discovered a family secret that shook me to the core. I was angrier than I have ever been. The anger was literally eating me alive. This person has never acknowledged nor apologized to us for placing our lives in jeopardy. I prayed for God to take away my anger because I knew it was wrong to harbor thoughts of vengeance. It took a year of praying and fasting for the anger to fade away, I literally woke up one day and the anger was gone. I tried to find it but it had completely vanished. I was able to tell this person that I have forgiven them. Even though this person continues to try to cause me pain, I am equipped to handle it because God has helped me to forgive. Now, I am equipped to come to God and ask for forgiveness for my sins.
While the forgiveness of man feels good, the forgiveness of God is infinitely more valuable. 1 John 1:9 says if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What an amazing promise! Not only will God forgive us but also He will cleanse us of our filthy character flaws! Unlike fallen humans, God has His stipulations to forgive. Matthew 5:23-24 says, “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” God does not want our sacrifices if our hearts are filled with resentment and an unforgiving spirit. Matthew 6:13-15 also says “but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
We as Christians cannot put stipulations on forgiveness. Only God can do that. When I forgive someone, that means I am no longer holding a grudge. I choose to be free from that negative emotion which can be difficult to do. When God forgives, he is erasing that sin from the book of records. Isn’t it worth forgiving others to have your sins are blotted out? My forgiveness cannot fix another person. I cannot cleanse your unrighteousness. I am not God and cannot determine who is worthy of forgiveness. All I can do is follow God’s stipulations. Don’t harbor the attitude that there are some sins you can’t forgive. That is the attitude of the world. Remember the following steps in forgiveness.
- Forgive no matter what. I may need God to help me see my filth so that I am not self-righteously judging others and hold a grudge because I think that I am superior.
- Make things right with my fellow man before asking God for favors unless that favor is asking God to help you make things right.
- God will not forgive you unless you forgive others first. If you harbor unforgiveness, you are sealing your fate of living a life outside of the will of God. Forgiveness may be difficult, but with God all things are possible.
Jesus loves us and wants to present us before God as pure and sinless. We must do our part. If there are people in your life that you have not forgiven, make a list and pray for those people daily. Ask God to change your heart so that you can see your unworthiness of His forgiveness. Do not stop praying until your resentment is gone. Wrestle with God in prayer as Jacob did until He blesses you with a forgiving spirit.