Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
When the Father "so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son," He gave Him to the world--not just to the good people that are in the world. When Jesus was with us on earth, He was famous for something special: "This Man receives sinners!" (Luke 15:2).
He still does. When the dear Holy Spirit (He loves you too, for He is a Person!) convicts you of sin, it is because He loves you and wants you to separate yourself from the sin, so you can be happy living forever in God's eternal kingdom.
True Bible forgiveness is far more than a mere nod of the head, a superficial "pardon" so you can do it again and then come back again and be pardoned again, on and on ad infinitum. The purging of sin must be while we are still conscious and in charge of our soul's destiny; it cannot take place after death.
There is something precious that the Lord Jesus Christ has given (not merely offered!) every human soul on earth--the gift of the power of choice.
You can say NO! to temptation--a big "NO!" in big black letters, the bigger and blacker the better, and the bigger the exclamation point the better. Your will power may be very weak; you may have abused it--but the dear Lord has still given you the power of choice.
And when your choice is in harmony with the choice of Jesus Christ for you, that is, the two of you are in agreement in that choice, all the devils in hell will be helpless to move you, to change you, to defeat you. Your own personal will is in harmony with the will of Christ--now there's a powerful union that is utterly impregnable in this world and in the universe of God. Forever.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: August 19, 2008.
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