ETERNITY IN THE BALANCE
ETERNITY IN THE BALANCE
I heard an account of a woman that for twenty-five years held unforgiveness in her heart for the man who killed her sister and husband and unborn baby. She claimed to be a Christian and carried on with all the trappings of a Christian. She went to church regularly, sang in the choir and took communion. But she was a miserable and angry person. Then one day, almost twenty-five years after the fact, God, through His Word, confronted her with her unforgiveness. She had to confess her sin of unforgiveness and forgave the man. A weight was lifted and she felt like a new person. She was full of joy and love, instead of hate and misery.
She became a totally different person in her approach to life.
Is that not what the scripture calls “being born again”? A recent survey of the American population discovered an amazing thing. Though nominal Christianity in America is decreasing, those who are totally committed and proactive are on the increase. I am convinced that these are the Christians who are like that lady have encountered the living Christ and have turned from religiosity to the “denying of self and taking up their cross daily and following Christ Jesus”. That “dying to self” and being “born again” in Christ Jesus brings a freedom which cannot be experienced by anything that this world can offer. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” In Galations 5 when Paul speaks of the “fruit of the Spirit” he says that “against such there is no law”. Simply stated, there are no laws (or instructions or rules) that you can follow that will bring about this fruit in your life. Further stated, it is the “Fruit of the Spirit”, not your fruit. There is no way that you can humanly produce it. It is the Holy Spirit’s fruit, not yours. If you want that fruit, you have to die.
I am convinced by the Word of God that no one who is truly a “born again, Child of God” can harbor unforgiveness and hatred or even animosity toward anyone. In John 16:8 Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement:” In 1 Corinthians 12:3 it says of the Holy Spirit: “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” Confession of Jesus as Lord(ruler, master, the one who is in control) is foundational to salvation. God, The Father, through Jesus is no longer angry at any one. He no longer holds unforgiveness toward anyone. Jesus paid the price for all the sins of all the people who ever has, or ever will live on the earth. If that is God’s attitude, is it possible for anyone who confesses that Jesus is Lord to hold on to unforgiveness and hate toward anyone? There is so much scripture that shouts, “NO!”
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Let each of us, by God’s grace, search our heart and mind and soul to know beyond a shadow of a doubt if the Holy Spirit truly lives in us and Jesus is truly Lord. Eternity weighs in the balance.