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Repentance, Forgiveness and Love. Are we in the Last Days?

Discussion in 'Sermons' started by Br. Bear, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. #1 Br. Bear, Jun 3, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2018
    We love Him, because He first loved us.
    1John 4:19

    Many, if not all, would agree that we are in the last days before the coming of the Lord.

    In the New Testament, we saw a man named John, who prepared the way before the coming of the Lord.
    Throughout the Old Testament we have seen the many Prophets, all sent by God, who likewise gave the same message that John gave, which is to repent.

    As many who agree that the day draws nigh that the Lord returns, would also agree that the cry to repentance is urgent as well as valid.

    To whom should the message go?

    Is it appropriate that the Lord would have all men repent? I think we all agree with that. In the same manner, should the Lord forget His own and not send out His mercy to those who are called by His Name and to let that call ring in their ears? Why would He do this?
    To condemn them? Surely not, but to save them, to spare them from perishing. Why?

    Is it love that He has and does and will with perform all His wonderful works amongst men?

    Jesus said He came to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous. Are we less loved by God that He would not send His message to us?
    Does the cry of repentance condemn anyone or does it awaken them out of their sleep?

    O sinner, if you still slumber in past sin, know that the Lord is returning and know that He grants all that will repent and turn wholeheartedly to him for forgiveness, believing, Life, eternal life and no less.
    But, let your repentance be true. The time is short, the Lord is at hand.

    Today... if you harden not your hearts, today... enter into His rest.

    For those who know the Gospel, we know that all must turn, all must return to be in that rest and that it is only through the shed Blood of the Lamb that we can gain that forgiveness and so this we do, believing.

    Yes, the world needs to hear that cry... REPENT! But, Bothers and Sisters, we too must yield to the cry and not forsake the great love that the Lord has to usward.
    Will we hear it and will we hearken?

    May I repeat that the call to repentance is not a condemnation but the floodgates of mercy and grace from the Lord Himself to those He loves and died for.

    Let us thank the Lord for any and every reminder to repent, while there is still time. There is a time coming when it will be too late. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THEN!
    The arm of the Lord is not shortened that He can not save but the time is short and getting shorter.

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    Touching on love; charity; agape; love....
    We look to the Lord and turn to the Lord and call upon the Lord and repent before the Lord which is good, very good, but He has also commanded us to love also one another as He has loved us.

    How can we do this if it is not through forgiveness. Should we be willing to do unto one another as He has done to and for us?

    We are not under the Law but under Grace. Those who reject the Grace of God in Jesus Christ the Lord will themselves be rejected and there is no forgiveness for that. All who want to try to live under the Law will perish for there is none who can keep the whole Law, for that Jesus came; to fulfil the Law and die the death needed to pay the redemption for the sins of the world. Therefore what is left for us to do?
    To forgive one another, remembering His great love.

    If your brother sins against you, forgive him. If you sin against your brother, confess your sin, and he, believing, will (or should) forgive you.

    If a man rejects the grace of God in Jesus His Son it is a sin indeed that he must stand before God and answer for, and do not be misled... he will stand before God.
    But, for those who have accepted His Grace, now all that is left is to love one another.

    It is that love, or lack of, that will either remain, or burn.

    We are under Grace, and the Law has no effect on us. Without the Law is no sin, so let us be ready to forgive and not condemn another in sin. We are to love one another and so fulfil the Perfect Law of Liberty. Can we love one another if we do not forgive? What can forgiveness cover if it is not sin?
    We are reminded that love; charity keeps no record of wrong.... and this is only possible if we forgive one another even as Christ has forgiven you.

    If any have been living in unforgiveness towards another, it is time to repent, to turn again to the Lord and to follow Him.

    Let us also be glad of every opportunity presented to us to do so, to both forgive another, to be forgiven by another and to follow Jesus, to be with Him.
    The Blood of the Lamb has dealt with the Law. Our sins have been paid for before God.
    As we run the race and look for His coming, let us never reject the call to repent, let us delight in His love and let us live a life worthy of His calling.... let us love one another that there be no sin be found amongst us. He has forgiven us, we must forgive, to if we are to be like Him.
    By the Love of God no sin will be found in those who believe in His Son and the finished work on the Cross but we must be found with the same heart.

    I can not stress enough... unforgiveness and an unforgiving heart is what will condemn a man.
    In the same way, if never one sins against another, how can forgiveness be practiced... how can we turn the other cheek, how can we do as He did? Does that mean we should all sin? God forbid! But if a man does sin... forgive him as Christ also has forgiven you.

    If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1John 4:20

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    and going back to the first thoughts in this message, should we take down the warning signs, should we despise those who remind us, should we turn down the volume on repentance or should we call out the louder as the day draws near?

    Let us rejoice in the love of God toward us, that He still patiently sends His call to repent.
    To whom should the message go? Who will hear? Who will listen?

    The end is nigh......
    don't wait until it is too late.

    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8



    Bless you ....><>
     
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