Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, Acts 3:19 ESV
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 ESV
Repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation, restoration, adoption words with such magnificent meaning and power. In an era of rights have we determined that we have a right to these words? That they are a birthright because we are human? Are we taking for granted the mercy, wonder, and grace of God?
Every one of these words has a cost related to them.
Repentance means; sincere regret or remorse. Regret or remorse in themselves suggest a substantial personal cost. God does not have to accept or recognize your repentance it adds nothing to Him.
Forgiveness, Is the act of pardoning someone for something they have done. God does need to forgive you He would be fine condemning you.
Reconciliation, One of the meanings I found is; the restoration of friendly relations. God does not have to take you back.
Restoration, to bring back to full usefulness. God does not need to restore you. You are not that important.
Adoption, to willingly appropriate all rights of the father to an illegitimate child. God does not have to share His glory with you.
Are you getting the point? God does not have to do any of these things for you. He does not have to take on the cost of reconciliation, forgiveness, restoration, repentance, and adoption. The cost of all of these words is borne by God not us. He is perfect as He is. He does not need us to accomplish anything for Him.
We need to get back to reality and understand that God does this because He loves us. He loves us with a love we have yet to fully understand. God is perfect, it means He is complete, lacking nothing. Which means He has no need of us. But still, he does all of these things because He loves us. It boggles my mind, a love that will bear the cost of our rebellion. God who is entirely whole without us, is still willing and fully committed to paying for our sin.
Why do we fight a love like that?