Romans 2:4 says, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and the longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” The Holy Spirit brought this verse to my mind, and connected it with the whole subject of forgiveness.
How much have we been forgiven? Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” God’s grace never runs out. It overflows with abundance.
Ephesians 2:7-8 says, “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Note the words, ‘according to’ in the above two verses. It is not ‘out of’ but according to. Think of a bottomless well. Every time you draw water, you draw according to the totality of provision.
Isaiah 12:3 says, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Our well cannot run dry. Salvation is eternal. We will continue to draw from it throughout eternity. I don’t know about you, but this causes the sides of my brain to stretch.
Let me go from bottomless to unsearchable. The first verse that pops out of my heart is Romans 11:33. It says, “Oh, the depth of His riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”
Isaiah 40:28 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.”
Jeremiah 31:14 says, “I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.” Are you satiated? It means to be filled to the full.
The only thing that stops this flow is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is sin. Sin in our heart blocks the outpouring of God’s riches over our lives. Yet. When we consider how much we have been forgiven, that truth washes out the sludge that stopped our well.
Colossians 3:13 is a command. Forgiving one who has hurt us is not an option. It is essential for our spiritual growth. It says, “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Note ‘must do’ is a command. The church, the united body of Christ, is designed to be a testimony to those around us of the riches of His goodness.