Stop Asking for Forgiveness and Receive It

[The following Date Night Advice is an excerpt from the JUST RELEASED, third and final book in our discipleship series: Beyond Sex & Salvation. It presents three crucial life decisions for relational success; decisions best made BEFORE you fall in love. Find out more or purchase the book at this link.]

What if you asked me for a million dollars and I said, “Sure. To what Swiss bank account would you like me to wire those funds?”

Twenty-four hours later you check with your bank, asking, “Habe ich das Geld erhalten?” Which is, of course, German for “Did the transfer go through?” To which they report, “Ja!” (Yes.)

Then what if you never did anything with that cash – ever – not even when you got married and wanted to fly relatives in for the wedding, nor when you bought your first home, nor when your triplets needed braces, nor when you were unemployed for eight months, nor when all three kids were accepted by Harvard.

Instead, you worked hard to earn the money to pay some of those expenses. You went into debt for others. And some opportunities (like Harvard) you just passed on altogether. But you left that money in Switzerland. You never even visited it.

Is God’s gift of forgiveness like that million dollars for you?

You’ve confessed your sinful choices from the past and you’ve sincerely asked God for His forgiveness. In response, your Heavenly Father, who previously wired all the funds necessary to cover every debt you could ever imagine incurring, said, “Consider it done.”

And you never did a thing about it.

You’re still working hard to cover your debts on your own. Some of them you’ve been able to pay off successfully, but some debts are still outstanding. Now, under the weight of the accumulating interest, you find you’re actually passing on opportunities much greater than Harvard; opportunities like the chance to walk in joy, peace, hope and freedom.

You may never receive forgiveness from certain people you’ve hurt in the past, but your Heavenly Father offers the only forgiveness you really need.

If you’ve confessed and asked for forgiveness, then receive it. Right now. Go directly to God’s throne. Do not pass “Go,” do not collect $200.

Accept His gift of grace, worth more than all the wealth of the Swiss banking system.

And if you feel like you simply can’t forgive yourself, check out this LoveEd episode on our FMUniversity YouTube channel.

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The LoveEd study guide series, Beyond Sex & Salvation,will empower you to prepare for relational success when it counts: BEFORE YOU FALL IN LOVE! It’s NOT for couples, but for any wise individual who thinks they might want to get married sometime before they die.Check out the first two 8-lesson study guides in our store. You can walk through it on your own, but it’s more fun with friends, so consider putting together an FMU LoveEd small group study. Even better?  And ask a married couple you respect to lead it!

Categories: 3 Crucial Life Decisions, Make Peace with Your Past