Spiritual or Religious?
Are we spiritual or religious people? If we are of Christ, we must examine ourselves daily, and take up our cross and follow Him. We must look beyond our “selfishness,” and look “inwardly” by reading the scriptures daily.
The Bible is our GPS, for this life and for the everlasting one. It would be ideal if all of us were like the Berean Jews, who received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures daily to validate the “good news.” Therefore, we have to be spiritual.
Many of us continue to walk around in “darkness” attending church when we should be attending worship. We go to the assembly and sit in our favorite pew. When someone happens to sit there, we get upset and lose our desire to focus our attention on the preeminence of God, by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. The importance of one sitting in their favorite pew shouldn’t be their “priority.” Is your favorite pew going to keep you from hell?
Romans 3:23: Stipulates, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Since we’re all lawbreakers, sin is the violation of God’s law (1 John 3:40). Sinfulness is the general characteristic of all mankind; we are all guilty before God. Therefore, we are sinners by nature and by our own acts of transgression.
Therefore, in our daily lives, we should be desperately thirsty eagerly wanting God’s precepts to quench our thirst. The Bible is the relief we need that sustains us, as we journey through this fallen world. One of the areas we must concentrate on within our Christian walk is in the area of forgiveness. Are we spiritual, or religious?
If we don’t forgive others, we won’t experience the joy of forgiveness that’s ours. Our forgiveness of others is conditioned upon God’s forgiveness of us. How can there be anything that will be too great that would slip out from underneath the category of God’s forgiveness.
When we were baptized we were clean, whole, and forgiven. – “Our debts were paid in full.” Are we spiritual, or religious?
If we as believers don’t deal with “forgiveness” issues in our lives with other people, we’ll not be able to go to God to receive the relational forgiveness that we seek. it will be very difficult for us to say, “Lord, forgive me for what I’ve done.” God wants us to also forgive others, as He forgave us. Therefore, we must release this “malignant” tumor from our lives.
Those who live by God’s forgiveness must imitate it. Our only hope is we can’t hold the faults against others when our faults haven’t been held against us. Our forgiveness is conditioned on the forgiveness we received.
Matthew 6: 14-15: teaches us four (4) things:
- We are to forgive because we are forgiven.
- We are to forgive just as we are forgiven—freely, fully, and unconditionally.
- We are to forgive that we might be forgiven.
- We are to forgive before we’re forgiven.
Discusses the parable of the unmerciful servant:
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”