What Jesus Did! 'Unforgivable' — Mark 3:28-30

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I tell you the truth. All sins that people do can be forgiven. And all the bad things people say against God can be forgiven. But any person that says bad things against (refuses to accept) the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. He will always be guilty of that sin." Jesus said this because the teachers of the law said that Jesus had an evil spirit (devil) inside him.
— Mark 3:28-30 NLT
Illustration of Mark 3:28-30 NLT — " Jesus said this because the teachers of the law said that Jesus had an evil spirit (devil) inside him."

Key Thought

So many people have shared a concern that they may be guilty of this sin. Take heart, dear friend, and let Jesus' word come to you clearly. The sin is to keep saying that what Jesus did was done by an evil spirit or a demon rather than by the Spirit of God. Even if you may have assigned Jesus' works to something evil at one time in your life, you are not doing so now. You are not guilty. Look on the positive side of this command. If you want to see what the Spirit of God does in a human being when the Holy Spirit takes control, look at Jesus! What Jesus does in his daily life is a demonstration of God's will empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, I recognize that the greatest gift given to me was my salvation by Jesus demonstrated through the forgiveness of my sins and through the gift your Son gave me in the Holy Spirit. Please help the Spirit's fruit to be seen in my life as your Spirit conforms me to be more and more like your Son. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 11:13
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
  • Matthew 12:28

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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