The Forgiveness of God

Tuesday, November 21, 2000  4:55 a.m.

Dear Diary,

I’ve been reading “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers on “The Forgiveness of God.” It so touched my heart that I want to share it with you. What he has to say is very different from the “God loves you” philosophy.  Yes, God loves you, but He will also judge you and send you to hell if you are not saved through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is what Oswald Chambers wrote: “Beware of the pleasant view of the Fatherhood of God – God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That sentiment has no place whatever in the New Testament. The only ground on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the cross of Christ; to put forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive sin and reinstate us in His favour is through the cross of Christ, and in no other way. Forgiveness, which is so easy for us to accept, cost the agony of Calvary” (My Utmost for His Highest, p.325). This brings a whole deeper understanding to when Jesus healed the man sick of the palsy and said unto the Scribes and Pharisees, “Whether is easier, to say, thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, rise up and walk?” (Luke 5:23).

Thought for Today:  When we are brought to the realization of all that Christ suffered for us, all we can say is, “O God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

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