Tuesday, March 29, 2005

One sacrifice is enough

At As I See It Now Debra writes about holding onto guilt. Have you ever asked God for forgiveness and promised to work harder in return? Debra has, and realizes it's a misguided response:
Good grief. I used to do that all the time, never realizing it was a downright insult to God. I mean, here He'd gone and sent His son to die for me, yet I was still, thousands of years later, making my own sacrifices for my own sins. Still paying for the ones I committed most often.

I didn't realize that either Jesus' sacrifice on the cross was enough--or it wasn't. I didn't realize that I'd become proficient at turning conviction from God into ugly, bat-over-the-head condemnation.
Debra's words hit a chord with me. For years I struggled with not feeling forgiven. I often said, "I know God has forgiven me, but I can't forgive myself." Finally, I read something that changed me. The writer basically said, "Who are you to be so arrogant as to hold something against yourself that God has forgiven?" And a light came on. God has forgiven me through Jesus Christ. And that's all that matters.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post on forgiveness! You are the second one dealing with this subject that I have read today.

By the way, I like your blog. Keep up the good work!

6:50 PM, March 30, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for your kind words, Maurice. Glad to see you enjoyed Debra's work, and I appreciate your encouragement about this blog. I'll be praying for you and your trip to Zambia. Peace.

10:21 PM, March 31, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Milton! I definitely appreciate your prayers!

1:03 AM, April 01, 2005  
Blogger Monica said...

I LOVE this post and it came just when I needed it most!

But then, that's what He does for us, doesn't He?

2:36 PM, April 01, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad it was a blessing, Monica. I've found Debra's writing to be comforting and helpful, too. Of course, glory goes to God! I visited your blog today and will be praying for you and your children. Peace.

3:22 PM, April 01, 2005  

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