The Father’s Heart is to Forgive (2)

Posted: June 2, 2011 in Faith, Healing, Kingdom of God

I cannot get this idea out of my mind. Five people came to ask Jesus to heal one of them and Jesus starts by saying, “Your sins are forgiven”, revealing the very heart of God.

God has forgiven us all we have to do is embrace it!

What the lame man NEEDED more than two good legs was for his broken relationship with God to be healed. The Bible makes it clear God delights in making available to everyone what the need.

Matthew 6:8 NKJV “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

The context is don’t pray long-winded, repetitive prayers, God knows what you need and delights to give it to you. The lame man, and his four friends for that matter, NEEDED to know and to experience God’s forgiveness. But is that all God is interested in? Giving us what we need? Parents don’t just give their kids what they need, we get great delight when we are able to bless them by giving them what they want. God, more so, delights in giving uswe WANT as well what we need.

This man NEEDED to be forgiven and WANTED to be healed. Jesus said to the snivelling religious leaders:

Mark 2:9-11 NKJV Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?  (10)  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic,  (11)  “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

It was easier to give the lame man what he NEEDED and to prove Jesus had the authority to forgive, He gave to the lame man what he WANTED. Jesus asked a blind man, “What do you WANT?” The blind man WANTED to see again and Jesus restored his sight.

God is not so stingy as to withhold from anyone what they NEED.

God is not so ‘tight-fisted’ as to only ever give what a person NEEDS.

God’s heart is bless beyond measure! Yo give us not only what we need but to bless us with what we want. He is the God of the ‘pressed down, shaken together and running over!’

One last thought, if all we have is what we need, how can we give to those in need? To bless we need an abundance.

Just a thought

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