“But God commandeth his love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
God’s love for you is not dependent on your past
So what is it again that you think is so bad that God’s grace is for others but not for you?
God’s grace is sufficient, no matter what. And best of all it is your’s for the asking.
Abraham was instructed to sacrifice Issac to God. But what if God never intends to accept or allow this sacrifice to take place? If God is all knowing then the plan and the outcome are already known by God. If on the other hand God does not know what Abraham will do and what’s going to happen then God is not God, but god.
So which is it?
Is God different?
The wrong perspective
Worthy of Love, and needing it
I wonder if the Amish are on to something? Are they right to send the young men out into the world. By forcing them to make their beliefs system their own, nobody can then take it away from them. What they claim to believe isn’t just because of what their parents, friends, or family believe, but they are forced to make a choice. To either accept or reject the beliefs that they have been raised with.
Or is someone else’s belief enough?
Until it is your own it will not fit.
Unlike Jerry McGuire the only thing that completes me is God.
Isn’t there more?
“We hold this truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”
Is it any wonder so many atheists would have this country fundamentally changed. The very essence of our founding is anathema to their core beliefs. No atheists could have, would have ever written the words above.
But neither will I.
When it comes to God’s grace and mercy, you can’t earn it, I don’t deserve it. That is the point. If we could be good enough to earn God’s forgiveness and mercy, then I wouldn’t need Jesus.
I was having a conversation with the pastor at church and we were talking about the roles of grace and the law. How do we explain Christian ethics and lifestyle and what it means to live a Christian life. The conundrum is the balance and conflict between the two. I can’t earn forgiveness, and Paul talks time and again how the law brings death. Yet I know that the law is God’s standard. So what do I do with that?
Obeying the law won’t save me, it won’t earn me salvation or forgiveness. For if I could keep the law I would not need forgiveness. Without a doubt there is the danger of falling into legalism. It is way to easy to fall into looking at how I am keeping this law or that precept, and how you are not. Then next thing you know I start looking down my nose and judging you, because although you may be great at keeping laws 1-2-3, they’re not the ones I think you should be focused on keeping.
At the same time how do you encourage people to keep the law, not for what it does for them but because of whose laws they are? So I’m wondering if this makes sense? We should strive to keep the law, knowing we are going to fail. But still strive to keep the law because the law is God’s standard, shows the attributes of God, and pleases him. Not because God wants to be a wet blanket, but rather than the law is how the universe works.
Would you want someone you love to suffer for you?
So if we love God, wouldn’t we want, try, even strive to keep the law? 1- because it is God’s standard. 2-because it pleases God. 3- Because of all He has done for us. 4- my sin Jesus took on himself on Calvary, suffering for my sin, why would I want to make Him suffer more?
After all God does not need us to “behave” to bring him joy, although our obedience and worship brings him joy. We can’t earn God’s mercy, so why keep trying? It’s not about trying to earn Mercy from God we already have mercy as much as we will ever need.
To be a Christian is to be a follower, a disciple of Christ.
But let’s be blunt and completely honest. To live a perfect life for me is impossible. Why? Because God isn’t able to make me perfect? Of course not, but because I am not able to let him.
Know perhaps you’re saying “What kind of faith is that? You say you’re a follower of Christ and yet you don’t do what he says.” True I don’t I fail to live up to the Christian Ethic. With no excuse for my own short-comings let me give you a for instance.
Unintentional failure is still failure
A man joins the Air Force. He’s patriotic, loves his country and wants to serve. One day while walking across the base or standing around talking with some of his buddies a superior officer walks by, but our airman doesn’t notice and doesn’t salute. Is he no longer a patriot? Of course not, but I fail to salute my king, my commanding officer a lot more than on one occasion.
Now our Airman is given a set of guidelines to live by just as you or I am. The difference being that the closer I get to God the more aware I become of how far from perfect I really am. Don’t mis-understand, I am someone who loves God, and is loved by God. But I find being a Christian an ever-evolving process. The closer I move to God the more aware of my short comings I become.
What was obvious to me as sin in my life when I first swore allegiance to Jesus is now easy to avoid. Now as those things have become non-issues, other deeper things have become noticeable to me as a problem, as a sin that blocks or at least hinders God’s impact and presence in my life. And if the time comes where, with God’s help, I conquer these things my guess is God will say to me, “That’s great but what about X”
Now before you get all “aren’t you trusting in works, or Christ made us free from the law” on me let me be clear. Doing anything on my own will never save me or earn God’s mercy, otherwise it would not be mercy. Likewise I don’t strive to live up to God’s standards as expressed in the Law, because I have to. Rather I want to because this is what God says is the standard. His standard is perfect because God is perfect. I know I will fail, but that does not mean I shouldn’t try.
So if you define being a Christian as being Christ-like, then I am destined to fail. But I am going to fail greatly.
At least a little part of it..
This is not about some pie in the sky lets all hold hands a create some workers paradise. Or heaven on earth or any of these completely unrealistic expectations. After all, “You will always have the poor” Jesus of Nazareth
Let’s just get past that we are not going to get rid of poverty and its impact. Can we reduce it? Of course and should we as individuals look for ways to ease the suffering around us. But how do we do that? Our ethics as Christians mandate that we love our neighbor as ourselves. Our Christian ethics expect, I would say even demand that we be involved.