The Tender Mercy of God

goodfridayMain scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-7; Romans 2:4

He died the most humiliating, excruciating death. He hung there suffocating and in agony on the wooden cross with nails driven through His wrists and feet. He was forsaken by all and mocked, being appointed with the criminals. But none of that meant nothing to the innocent, sinless Lamb. It meant absolutely nothing compared to the real and utter loneliness He felt when the dirty filth of our sins were upon Him as He died for them. The loneliness that struck Him when the Father had to turn His eyes away from His only beloved Son for a moment because of them. How tender was this grace and mercy of God for us undeserving humans, how tender indeed!

He made evident of the love He has for us by sending His Son to die for our freedom from sin (John 3:16,17). He gave us all that He had—His Son—and promised us more things in abundance because He loves us so much and wants us to be with Him (Romans 8:32). God truly is love and rich in mercy (1 John 4:8).

And yet…

We use that as an excuse to continue to live in sin. We take God’s love for granted assuming He will always be there covering us with grace and mercy when we stop worshiping Him, when we fall away or just continue to do things contrary to His word. We say things like, “well God knows my heart and God is a loving God.” However, because grace and love abounds it does not mean that we should dwell in sin, thinking it’s going to continue to abound when it’s not (Romans 6:1, 2b). Grace means undeserved time extended to get ourselves together. So we need to use that tender mercy given to come to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For those of us who obeyed the gospel and have been added to Christ’s body but has strayed or went back to dwell in sin, let me remind you that while you were dead in that which you went back to, and walking after the course of this wicked world, God made you alive by the death of Jesus Christ. He placed you in unfathomable riches and hid you in Him (Ephesians 2:1-6). Confess those and return back to the One who has given you life, lest you obeyed the gospel in vain.

For those living in sin and outside of the body of Christ: though the Father decided and the Son voluntarily accepted to fulfill the reconciliation between Him and mankind, this act of kindness and mercy is intended to lead you (and even us Christian who fell astray) to turn away from your sins and stop doing them (Romans 2:4). Yes, God is an absolute loving God, but He is also the God of wrath to those who disobey Him. Those who continually disobey Him “trample under foot the Son of God and consider His [precious, cleansing] blood as unclean” as a result they “insult the Spirit of Grace” (Hebrews 10:29).

Let us not do that to our God. Let us stop despising the richness of God’s loving-kindness and tender mercy by excusing ourselves from and continuing in sin.

 

 

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