Are you still doing that thing you asked for forgiveness for?
Forgiveness, a trait all of us should practice, both giving and asking, but what happens when “I’m sorry” becomes a token phrase, and not words spoken with sincerity? What happens when “Please, forgive me.” becomes the go-to phrase, but you are guilty for doing the very thing you apologized for doing? Are they in their rights not to forgive you?
Hebrews 6:4-5 4 As for those who were once brought into the light and tasted the gift from heaven, and received a share of the Holy Spirit 5 and tasted the goodness of God’s message and the powers of the world to come…
In Hebrews, we have the eternal question answered, but on a grand scale. His children have received the many blessings from Him through Christ, and have tasted what it is to be Children of God. They have received His grace, wisdom, and love, but, under the many pressures of society not fully accepting Christianity, have fallen victim to peer pressure.
Hebrews 6:6 …and yet in spite of this have fallen away- it is impossible for them to be brought to the freshness of repentance a second time…
Wait a minute. You mean to tell me they fell from God’s good graces and He won’t accept their apology and forgive them, giving them a second chance? What happened?
Hebrews 6:6 …since they are crucifying the Son of God again for themselves, and making a public exhibition of him.
*face palm* Even though it is impossible to imagine, there were those who ridiculed the Son of God a second time knowing the God would would not look favorably upon them. Those, who knowing all of God’s gifts and rewards, turned away from Him. How many times in our life have we asked for, or been asked for, forgiveness and done the exact thing again? How many times must the same rock be tripped over before we stop forgiving or being forgiven? Isn’t the whole point of apologizing to NOT repeat the transgression? I know none of us are perfect. There is a lot each of us can work on to be closer to God, but let’s just start with loving and accepting one another, and not doing things we have apologized for again. I know. It is hard not go down that road, but wouldn’t “I’m sorry.” and “Forgive me.” become meaningless if we kept doing repeat performances?
Until next time, God Bless.