There’s stuff that we do – being dishonest, unfaithful, selfish… stealing – that offends and hurts God.
Stuff that hurts God is called sin.
When we offend God it’s like offending any other person.
Imagine loving the person who has offended or hurt you…
We don’t usually do that. We’re much more likely to avoid that person, to back away.
Can you imagine God backing away in much the same way?
So let’s try to imagine that instead of backing away you walk toward the person and hug them, forgive them. Do you think that’s difficult to do?
This is how it is for God too but for God it’s on a much bigger scale.
Imagine hugging human offence on a global scale… imagine the cost!
5.1 Jesus taught us to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek, to lend without any hope of return, and lots more difficult stuff too.
He was really just saying: Be like God.
Check it out: Luke 6:27-38 but read it as a description of God.
If we lived like this, as Jesus taught us, as God-like, it’d take every bit of us, we might say it’d crucify us!
This is how God loves us and we see the cost of it in Jesus Christ crucified.
Imagine always seeking to love the person hurting you, offending you, always seeking to love your enemy and enemies, always turning the other cheek, always lending* without any hope of return, imagine the cost!
For God it’s crucifixion and lasts until the end of time or for as long as God loves us, as long as God is merciful.
When we offend God we’re causing this suffering.
When we apologize, tell God we’re sorry… we’re easing this suffering.
Simple as that.
So, when you offend God, apologize, and commit to live like him.
5.2 But also – and this is very important – if we’re dishonest, unfaithful, selfish, then God can’t give his gifts to us because God’s gifts are really little bits of Heaven and if God gives Heaven (or even a tiny piece of Heaven) to a dishonest or unfaithful or selfish person he’s actually creating hell, turning Heaven into hell.
It’s a bit like a business owner promoting a dishonest employee… disaster, the business will be lucky to survive.
So, the bottom line here is if you’re offending God you just can’t receive Heaven or God’s gifts 🎁
No, you must change your ways first.
*God lends life without any hope of return, always, until the end of time.