Measuring how much we love God. The best measure
I"ve ever heard was from a minister just recently, at this writing. He said, "We only love God to the extent that
we love our worst enermy!
don’t know how many times my subject here has been on forgiveness, but that sentence had to be hsared with someone.
With everyone. And when someone has hurt us, or we’ve hurt another, asking Christ to forgive is not enough. That
person might remember that you didn’t come to him to ask forgiveness, and so it’s still "on the books,"
as a business person might say. And Christ Himself said, "If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:15). And remember…you’re to go to the other person, no matter
whether you or the other is the one who was in the wrong!
That happened in my Broadcasting business once. An advertiser called, in a huff, and told us to cut off
all his ads. He didn’t explain. I wondered what we could have done, for him to turn so. It came out that we had aired
a news story about cattle nearby that had gotten so starved that the veterinarian had found that the cattle had been even
eating sticks to stay alive. And we named an association in a large nearby city, as the owner of the farm in question. It
turned out that this businessman had stock in that group, and so even though he was guiltless, took it as a slap even though
we knew nothing of the tie-in. I asked his forgiveness.
This bears repeating: We only love God to the same extent that we love our worst enemy! Remember, Jesus
said that if you don’t forgive others, the Lord can’t forgive you. I didn’t know "can’t"
was in His dictionary! That’s why it’s good to start each prayer, asking Him to forgive us if we’ve done
any wrong that we’re not aware of. In Heaven, will you see someone you didn’t go to for forgiveness? No, you
won’t because although he may be there, you won’t be! Think about it.