Mark 3:20-35; 2 Samuel 7-8; Daniel 4
When two good friends disagree and the tensions rise, it’s difficult for both of them. They avoid each other. They look the other way if they happen to see each other. Unless something happens to break the impasse, a strong relationship will be destroyed. One of the friends must swallow their pride, forgive the other person silently, and then go and ask for forgiveness from the other friend. Usually the person who was wronged needs to take that first step. God took that step for us in sending Jesus to pay the price for our sins. And in truth, the amazing love of God forgives almost every sin. “’I assure you that human beings will be forgiven for everything, for all sins and insults of every kind. But whoever insults the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. That person is guilty of a sin with consequences that last forever.” He said this because the legal experts were saying, ‘He’s possessed by an evil spirit.’” (Mark 3:28-30) This version list the one unforgivable sin as “insulting the Holy Spirit.” Usually we hear “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.” In either case we always wonder just what this means. Jesus said this at this time because the experts accused the Holy Spirit of being an evil spirit. Is this a one-time action that forever condemns a person to a life of unforgiveness? Is it a lifestyle of unbelief and disdain for the Spirit of God that manifests itself on a daily basis; an attitude that the person never repents of? Can repentance just before death wipe out the sin and the guilt, restoring the relationship with God? I wish I had an easy answer. I can say a couple of things: 1) if you are looking for the loophole in this statement, I would think that might qualify as insulting the Holy Spirit; and 2) why would anyone delay the opportunity to be in a restored relationship with God when all that we need to do is swallow our pride and accept the forgiveness God offers so freely? I have never regretted the decision to accept God’s forgiveness. My only regret is that I didn’t follow God earlier in my life.
Dear Lord, I am so grateful that when I was too proud and stubborn to come to You seeking forgiveness, You held out open hands waiting for me to turn back to You. Thank You for the forgiveness You gave me in Christ. Thank You for the amazing life I have since You restored our relationship. Help me show that love and forgiveness to others.