Good morning to all, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Yesterday I went to take our tax forms to our tax man; it is that time of year. His name is Frank. God had already led me to design some post cards with His salvation message through Christ on it. When Frank and I were finished with filling out our tax forms I asked him if he would allow me to put some of my cards in his reception area. He told me very kindly it would be alright. I had been a client of Franks for the past seven years. I only have spoken to him briefly about what I do, and he has never made a comment or opened a door for me to ask him about his salvation. He made it clear all other times this was a business and nothing personal about him would be discussed.
I respected his wishes but we have always had a great relationship in our sense of humor about the world and ourselves. This day however, through the post cards a door was being opened, and I had no idea at the time the opening they were creating. I sensed through the Holy Spirit Frank's spirit was troubles and he was having a very bad day. I was compelled by God's love for him to go deeper into our Lord's salvation message. I felt God preparing his heart through his circumstances, although I never knew what they were.
I asked him plainly if I could ask him a question. He said, "As long as it is not personal." I smiled and chuckled a little, and said, "Well... it kinda is." ( The most personal question there is) He said with a very small grin, "Go on, you can ask me." Smiling back at him I asked , "Do you know the love of our Savior Jesus Christ?" I told him that is what I do, share his love through all his talents and gifts he gives me through himself. He looked at the card again and said, "I see that". He then said, "My last girl friend told me I failed that test." I asked him again, "What do you say, not your girlfriend, about him; who do you say he is?" He then said, "I can tell you the problem I have." I said with deep compassion, "Please do, I would love to know." He said with great assurance, "I do not think it is possible to be instantly forgiven for all of our mistakes, sins or bad choices in life. That, to me, sounds very foolish, and it is a pipe dream that many have and never experience.
" I said, " I totally understand your problem and you are right that does sound very foolish, and I also agree with you not many have truly experienced his forgiveness." I also said with a pause, " But that is the miracle of who he is and his love! If this plan made sense to our human nature, that it was easy to understand and do, then, I do not think God could take any credit for the plan and purpose if it was something possible for us to do on our own, do you? His forgiveness for all past and present sins does sound like a "pipe dream" to all of us when we are living and thinking in our human nature. God made us that way so He could take credit for all that he gives us through his Son. That way he could have mercy on all people.It is the ONLY dream that actually can come true with his promises and the only real experience for every living and breathing soul that truly matters. But if you have never been touched by his love and grace this forgiveness that you call a "pipe dream" you will never understand, receive or experience. It will always remain a "pipe dream."
Readers keep in your mind these facts, Frank has been living in America all of his life, he is in his sixties, he has built up a wonderful business, and is very successful. Frank does not live in a foreign country, and has always been available to hear and see God in his majesty and grace freely spoken to this day.He is a very kind man, and is looked up too by many, but I do not think that matters to him. He seams to have an attitude that he does not care what people think of him, but he seams to be a very sad and a unhappy man deep inside. He has been to church and walked out feeling empty inside, he also has read the Bible, and put it down feeling empty inside, never having a desire out of pleasing someone else, or out of duty to continue to read it. All this Frank has revealed to me over the years in very small rain drops, but Frank was not willing to hear more of the truth so God would not intervene.
This day Frank wanted to know and God worked his power of grace through me for him. I explained to my dear friend that God's forgiveness and love comes when our hearts are tired, broken and weary in our search for peace and true love. I said, "God draws us to him by His love through many things in his creation and he also does through others, as he is doing right now, through him loving you through me." I ask him, "Do you feel God's love right now? He said, "Yes I do, I was having a bad day until you walked in." I told him it was not I that made his day better, it was Christ through me making his day better. Christ lives in me and he has loved me by his grace and now he is loving you by His grace through me. He said, "I may never think differently about this forgiveness you are talking about, I may always think it is a "pipe dream". I told him that God's love and grace is waiting for him any day he wanted to ask Jesus Christ truly to come into his heart he would, but I and our Savior and Father would never force him to know his forgiveness and grace but he would always tell him about it.
I told him It is because of who Christ is, and who our Father is, and because of their mercy, not from anything he has done or will do. I went on and told him, God, our true Father would truly forgive his sins because He truly can by His love and grace he wants to give him.
Titus 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another, but when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He save us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus our Savior, so that, have been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having hope of eternal life.
I begged him through God's fullness of compassion to go home after this hard day and speak to God and he would reveal his forgiveness to him if he is willing to give up all of himself, his human sinful nature, then Christ would give to him his nature and goodness that would wash him clean with HIS TRUE mercy and forgiveness. I said with great joy and compassion, "The same faith Jesus Christ had in God His Father will become your own, because he truly lives to live in you from this exchange of natures you are willing to make at the cross, you will be a changed person living daily through out your life with His fullness of faith through His fullness of Spirit. This is God's first plan of forgiveness you have to accept through His Son before you can receive all the other plans he has for you.
Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision by Christ, have been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
I left, not knowing what Frank will do next. I will pray for him, and through the cards I left in his office that he was so kind to allow me to leave, he may come to truly know what he calls a "pipe dream" of forgiveness truly is the most real experience a living soul or person can experience. Do you too think his forgiveness is a "pipe dream" or has it been the most REAL truth and experience you have ever had in this life time and know it will be forever? His love and peace always!