PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 12:30-32
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:32)
Some people are desperately convinced that they have committed this sin.
And yet their sorrow suggests otherwise, for sorrow is a fruit of the Spirit.
Its got to be more than one time saying something against the Spirit.
“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)
These verses suggest that Jesus is speaking of ultimately rejecting the Spirit’s work within.
We can’t say ourselves when this happens; even sinners like Paul are forgiveable!
Only God knows when this happens, and He keeps on trying until that point.
If you WANT forgiveness, you have NOT committed the sin against the Holy Spirit.
It is the Spirit of Jesus in you that is convicting your heart to want forgiveness.
Satan wants you to think you – or someone you love – has committed this sin.
Be encouraged, God’s patience is immense, even for the worse of sinners (1 Timothy 1:16).
From our vantage point, there is always time to repent, until the very end.
Lord, worse sinners than us have been forgiven. Help me not to listen to Satan’s lies about the sin against the Spirit. Help me to cling to the hope of Your immense patience.