Read Deuteronomy 3:22, 20:4 and Joshua 23:10
“God, I’m really sorry for…”
Have you ever prayed something like that? It’s a simple call for forgiveness when we know we have done something wrong and are asking to be forgiven. However, have you ever thought about what takes place in the spiritual realm when a simple prayer like that is uttered?
Let me assure you, it’s not as simple as you may think.
We are in this series talking about God’s faithfulness. He is constant and consistent in many different ways but specifically in the way that He fights for us. You will see in our reading today the promise that was made to the Israelites that God would never forsake them and would always fight for them. If you read just a little of the Israelites’ journey, you will know that they didn’t necessarily deserve to have such divine backup.
The truth is, neither do we. When we pray to God for the forgiveness of our sins, immediately a battle takes place. Satan, the Accuser, immediately interjects and points out just why we shouldn’t be forgiven.
“Seriously?! Jake wants you to forgive him because of this thing that he said? We can all agree that this is the same guy who has done these things and thought these thoughts, right? If there’s anyone who doesn’t deserve forgiveness, it’s this dude.”
As soon as Satan utters his last word, Jesus agrees.
“Yeah, I know that Jake has said these things, thought these thoughts and done these things. I know that no matter how much I forgive him, he’s still going to sin. However, when I died on the cross, I died to cover such sin. An injustice took place, I agree. However, I died for that, it’s paid for.”
Imagine the scene.
Talk about not deserving something.
Now, Romans 6 is very clear in talking about how we shouldn’t abuse grace or continue to sin, thinking that it’s okay because we will always be forgiven. However, we always have someone who will fight for us, even when we don’t deserve it.
Jesus fights for you. How are you going to fight for others?
Who in your life needs to be fought for? Who do you need to forgive? Who is discouraged that needs to know someone’s in their corner?
I challenge you to take a moment to think of someone (or multiple people) who you are going to commit to fight for.
Who are we if we know Christ fights for us and don’t return to favor to other people?