April 25: unforgiveable (1 Samuel 30-31; 1 Chronicles 10; Matthew 12)

There is an expression: “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” In other words, don’t hurt the one who is helping you.

In today’s reading from Matthew, we find this verse spoken by Jesus:anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come (12:32).This verse gets your attention! But isn’t Jesus all about forgiving people? How can there be anything that would be unforgiveable? How do I know if I have committed the unforgiveable sin?

First of all, if you are asking the question, it is unlikely that you have. Jesus is warning about looking at the work of the Spirit and declaring that it is the devil’s work. Do that and it’s not that you won’t be forgiven, you can’t be, because you have just cut off your means to forgiveness. It would be like declaring every bottle of water available to you is poisoned. What would you do? Die of thirst?

If you are looking for clues of what God is doing, then look for fruit. Is the fruit good or bad? The problem with the Pharisees was that they could not see the fruit because they were too busy with their own agendas. Can we see to the heart of what is going on in the life and work of Jesus? Look for the fruit and you will see what God is doing today.

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