this robe of flesh, i’ll drop and rise to seize the everlasting prize

“He forgives daily and richly all sins to me and all believers, and at the last day will raise up me and all the dead, and will give to me and to all believers in Christ everlasting life.” (SC)

He forgives daily. All sins. To me, this is baffling (not in a “I don’t quite understand it” way, but more in a “say what?!” way). I struggle to forgive. I don’t hold grunges easily and for the most part, but there are some things that happened to me when I was little that I still haven’t forgiven people for. And to myself, I am the hardest critic. I remember one time, crying to a friend, about how God could not possibly forgive me for what I’d done. All I remember is this friend saying “Angelique, who are you to deem what God can and cannot forgive?” And I think that is how I started wrestling with the concept of forgiveness. Quoting myself feels weird, but I look at a poem I wrote in 2010 which has this line: (he has scars just like ours) [maybe some day I’ll post that poem on this blog because it really shows a great deal of my faith struggles]. But he has scars, too. And those scars are the reason he can forgive, whereas mine are the reason I need forgiveness.

God forgives daily. He forgives not only me, but all believers. The believers that, in the past, have hurt me and I struggled to forgive. And in turn, He forgives me for not forgiving. And finally, on the last day he will raise up from the dead and will give to all in Christ, everlasting life. What struck me was the realization: we won’t need forgiving anymore on that day. He is forgiving us daily until then, molding us until we are in the state where we will no longer need it.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

“But of Christ we could know nothing either, unless it had been revealed by the Holy Ghost. ” (LC, number 65).

We know nothing, unless it’s revealed. Allow me to repeat that: we know nothing unless it’s revealed. We may think we’re great theologians, we may think we’re great Biblical scholars. But the thing is? We really, in reality, know nothing unless it’s revealed. I struggle with this because I’m the kind of person who has to KNOW things before I do anything. But the thing is, the Christian faith isn’t like that. You can’t really know before you take the plunge, you just have to take the dive in and trust that God will be the life jacket to keep you afloat. You just have to go with what you do already know, and have faith and confidence in Christ that He will, in His divine timing, continue to reveal things to you to enrich your faith and deepen your trust in Him and Him alone.

Author comments:
Forgiveness is a strange concept. To think that what we have done can be washed away by the Almighty. That he can forgive, and continues to forgive. And that he, in his wisdom, chooses to forgive AND reveal to us.

Pretty cool!

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