1st & 2nd August
“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? Of course not!!”
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God. This doesn’t mean that God is constantly angry with us if we don’t have faith, it is actually the nature of the gospel. Without faith, without believing in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ the Lord, and His ransom for our sins, we remain enemies of God. Yet the good news is, is that it is not a secret, not exclusive and is a free gift. His love, grace and mercy is not just limited to an elite few. Jesus died so that we all may have life. He died for the sins of the world, that means everyone and that includes you!!
Yet the amazing thing, is that God actually gives us the faith to believe in Him, accept His love, repent of our wrongdoings and live a life in the very centre of His love. When God sent His only Son to die for us, He didn’t just send Him to endure the physical beating, Jesus actually took our place, a punishment we should have had to pay. Yet He who knew no sin (Jesus), became sin to make us right before God. That means He paid the price we should have paid so that when we accept the finished work of the cross we can experience being lavished with God’s unconditional and eternal love every minute of the day.
It is from that love that we can love Him back, love ourselves and love others. Even more amazing is that God gives us the faith to accept His love, grace and mercy. It is God’s love that stops us from sinning, the Holy Spirit’s love that warns and convicts us of our sins and Jesus’ love that beckons us back when we do sin. This does not mean we can take the grace and faith of God for granted. Rather it is because we are so loved, that He forgives and reconciles us back to Himself.
Jesus’ love is free. It is eternal. God gives us the faith to accept it. Let us ask for faith to accept more of His love. For when our hearts our full of His love, it overflows out of us and more people can know of His great love for them too.