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Grace, Forgiveness and Ivan Milat

 
Posted by Elaine October 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM AEDT

Psychopath Ivan Milat died this week without any death bed confession. Police tried eight times to get a confession from him, however, he chose to remain silent.

In his last days, News over the airwaves constantly reminded us that he was in ICU as his condition worsened, this man found guilty of brutally terrorising and killing backpackers after he lured them into a beautiful forest. I haven’t been able to drive past Bellangelo State Forest without thinking of the horrors that must have taken place there. I can’t comprehend why someone would kill strangers for enjoyment.

So in my piousness, these repeated broadcasts annoyed me. Why must we hear again about this man who reigned terror over innocent victims with no sign of remorse?

“Why was his impending death even newsworthy?” I asked myself. Just let him be gone and Australia will be rid of any memory of him!

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My annoyance at all things Ivan Milat had me thinking bad of him, however, because I’m a child of God, my thoughts on this occasion definitely needed correcting. I thought the worst until Jesus softly reminded me of the reason why He came and why I needed to check my attitude. He reminded me that in His grace, He will never write us off when we do bad things. He reminded me of His outstretched hand towards Ivan Milat if he asks for it, so who am I to judge?

I don’t enjoy having my frailties highlighted when my passion is to do my best, but my selfish nature will continue to make me stumble. That’s why Jesus came and when His grace comes in.

And Jesus is well qualified to offer us forgiveness. He paid our debt in full when His life was taken so that we might go free. Understanding that we can’t live a sin-free life on our own, Jesus left heaven to die for us. He came to save us from our sin and give grace we’ll never deserve.

He is able to save completely all who come to God through him. Since He will live forever, He will always be there to remind God that He has paid for their sins with his blood. Hebrews 7:25

And He asks this of us:
Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” Romans 12:17-19 MSG

“Refuse to be a critic full of bias toward others, and judgment will not be passed on you. For you’ll be judged by the same standard that you’ve used to judge others. The measurement you use on them will be used on you. Why would you focus on the flaw in someone else’s life and yet fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own? Matthew 7:1-3TPT

Logically, it makes no sense that a murder should be forgiven, especially when one of our own has been taken. We want revenge, but God isn’t like that!

To God, a lie is the same as murder so that everyone who has drawn breath is included in His plan – no-one, through the fault of their own actions, will be exempt from His forgiveness and His love!

All sin is equal in the eyes of God. We ALL stand equally guilty but equally loved in His eyes, no matter what we’ve done. That’s too amazing to even comprehend!

But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal. Romans 3:22-23 TLB"://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+3%3A22-23&version=TLB

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Everyone gets a chance at grace and mercy until their last breath. It is not normal for grace to be shown to monsters, criminals and those the least deserving, but that’s why Jesus died on the cross. It is incomprehensible to outwardly act in this manner but Jesus came to earth, not only for the victims but for criminals also. Joel Ulbright

So those who have sinned and not asked for God to forgive them, what about them?

Like all of us, good or bad, God says this:

I’m in charge of vengeance and payback, just waiting for them to slip up;
And the day of their doom is just around the corner, sudden and swift and sure. Deuteronomy 32:35 MSG

Man’s way back to Christ is through His cross, there’s no other way.

And about those who have lived a good life and tried to get along with everyone, even those who have gone the extra mile to help those less fortunate but not decided to follow Jesus, what then?

“Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in me also. My Father’s house has many dwelling places. If it were otherwise, I would tell you plainly, because I go[d] to prepare a place for you to rest. And when everything is ready, I will come back and take you to myself so that you will be where I am. John 14:1-2

Only God knows whether Ivan finally in his last hours surrendered himself to Christ.

If this has been a revelation to you and you’re curious to know more, other blogs are available here at CapturingSunrise.com that will help you uncover the truth.
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