Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast.”
Romans 6:1-4 “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
When shade of security is seen in Jesus Christ, minds forget not that you are not free to sin. Though sin can never depart from human flesh, hearts forget not that your choice should not be sin. “Forgiveness of sin” – this truth can result in purposeful and intentional acts of sin. You need to understand the Ten Commandments before you understand the grace of forgiveness. Impaired by selfish thinking and interpretation of scriptures, the society is not secure with existent human form. We need to understand God and realize faith above all. We need to step ahead with submission of self to Christ. We need to question the wrong and keep distance from words that are wrong. We are forgiven for our sins. But the complete understanding of this forgiveness is still unclear. We need to obey the God to our level best and then the gifted forgiveness works. The forgiveness from Christ doesn’t work when you feel secure at the hour of sin and feel that you will repent and make straight your way to the Lord. This is not what Christ preached and declared. Christ never said that now you are free to sin and can repent and then come to heaven. He gave forgiveness for our sin but didn’t mean that now you can sin and repent.
You deserve forgiveness when you strongly have some or all of the following traits added to your soul’s personality:
1. You have committed sin and repented from all your heart.
2. You take every step to keep distance from this same sin. You try your level best not to commit that sin again.
3. You pray regularly to God and ask Him to keep you away from sinning.
4. You understand that sin is a forbidden act in the eyes of God.
5. You start praying to God whenever you have time and you start expressing your desire to be away from sin.
6. Your life is transformed each day i.e. each day your distance from sin increases and therefore you sin less as compared to the previous day.
7. You do not entertain the thoughts of sin nor do you intently practice any act of sin.
8. With time, you start developing a clear understanding of what is sin in the eyes of God.
9. You understand that forgiveness from God doesn’t mean that you are free to sin and then repent.
10. You speak of Ten Commandments as much as you speak of forgiveness from Christ.
11. You engage your time in scripture reading and understanding or sermon listening and understanding or spiritual thinking and understanding or accompanying good believer and learning.
12. You direct your thoughts and actions to the point where there is more of righteousness and less of sin.
You may not deserve forgiveness when you strongly have some or all of the following traits added to your mind’s personality:
1. You feel secure at the hour of sinning. And this security arises with the feeling that you won’t face the wrath of God because Christ has died for your sins.
2. You think that you are free to sin.
3. You know what you are thinking is a sin but you continue doing so because you think that human flesh is never sinless so you need not try to make it better.
4. You think of sin and you are engaged in actions of sin and you fear not hell when you do so.
5. You repent with tears but they are not from within your heart.
6. You believe and talk more about the forgiveness from Christ and you believe less and talk least on the need of obedience of Ten Commandments.
7. The reason you follow Christianity as your religion is because of its free gift of salvation. Even one of the reasons why you believe in Christianity so much is not the Ten Commandments.
8. You intentionally do wrong and more so after hearing a sermon that says that your sins will be forgiven.
9. You have a fair knowledge of what is right and wrong but you prefer to do what pleases your human flesh.
10. You attend the church for being forgiven and not with the desire of being on the path of Christ.
I feel sorry to state here that my study revealed that forgiveness is the gift which most Christians want and Ten Commandments are the actions which most Christians do not prefer to practice.