True Mercy and True Love
Me and a good friend of mine are going through and studying the book of Romans. I have read up to and through chapter 5 and I'm already completely blown away. Blown away by God's mercy on us despite the fact that our backs are turned on Him.
I mean you don't even have to read past the 1 chapter of Romans to see how blatantly we spit in the face of the LORD who came down to save us. The God that left heaven! The God that left constant glory, and constant worship!
I mean He was chillin' in perfection while being worshipped by angels non-stop. Angels who were sinless, but were still completely in awe of God's perfection. He left that...to become man.
This God put on flesh and came into our world. A world of pain, a world of hurt, and world of corruption. He came to live in that world and not only to live in it, but to die in it!
And not just a peaceful death in His sleep. God was brutally murdered for YOU! Brutally! Savagely! The people he showed mercy to showed Him NO mercy in the way they killed him.
And I know we've all heard the story a thousand times but we don't truly understand what Christ really did for us do we??? And the fact is...we don't care.
Think I'm being harsh. Look at your lifestyle. If you truly understand what Christ did for you why do you live the way you do?! I had to ask myself that. Cuz often times my life doesn't reflect my knowlegde, my understanding of the cross.
If I TRULY understand Christ's sacrafice, I would be on my face in complete worship and complete amazement 24 hours a day, and the only break I would take would be to tell everyone I see about Jesus.
But I don't do that. I commit sins that blatanly disobey the Lord, but God's says, "If you love me you will KEEP MY COMMANDS" - I don't live up to that standard. Who does? And thats the point. Romans 1:21 says...
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."
Hits hard doesn't it? I know it does for me. The fact that I would not give God the glory in my life disturbs me, but the truth of the matter is how many days have there been where I didn't even pick up the Bible?
How many days have their been where I didn't even pray to the God who gave me the opportunity to pray by GIVING HIS LIFE! How many day do I live like I don't know Christ? ...
Alot. We all do. And I don't know about you but I hate that I do.
My prayers often become like Paul's in Romans 7 ...
"What a wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?"
Jesus! Jesus will save us from our body of death! The one who we turn our back on is the one who came to die so that we may be given the chioce to turn back around and face Jesus, and tell Him that you love Him.
Even though you sin GOD IS STILL FAITHFUL! All it takes is faith in Christ. God can transform you! God can take your life of pain and sin and death and heartache and transform it into a life filled with love and joy and compassion.
God can give you purpose! God can take the unrighteous and by their faith can make them righteous and pure before the LORD!
Romans 3:22-24 says...
"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
Romans 3:22 basically tells us that if we believe and have faith in Jesus, we can be righteous! We can be completely blameless in God's eyes.
But thats not the crazy part! The crazy part is verses 23 and 24 - Verse 23 says that we ALL are sinners, but verse 24 says even though we are sinners, God can justify us and give us grace (perfect grace to cover ALL of our sins, no matter how big) and give us redemption.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE ANSWER. Jesus gives redemption to the drug addicts. Jesus gives redemption to the alcholoic. Jesus even gives redemption to the murderer.
And Jesus wants to give redemption to YOU!! For ALL have sinned and fall short, but if you have faith you can be forgiven no matter what you have done!!
And the awesome thing about Jesus is that He didn't just tell me this. He showed me this. Right before my eyes, I've seen friends who wanted nothing to do with God become completely dedicated to God in almost a blink of an eye.
And the POWER for their testamonies is INCREDIBLE. God is a powerful God, and He is also a loving God! That is an amazing combination.
If you smoke weed, God LOVES YOU and can redeem you. And not only that but he will help you conqueror your addiction. I've seen it happen before my eyes.
If you are driven by lust, if you are in sexual based relationship, God LOVES YOU and He can redeem you and help you conqueror your sin and he WANTS to redeem you!
Romans 4:7- "Blessed are they whose trangressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against Him."
I posted a video at the bottom of this blog. If you don't read a word of this blog please watch the video - it almost brought me to tears today.
Listen to how the lyrics of the song fit the video. In the video you with see people living a life of sin. A life of drug addiction, a life of violence, and a life of lust and sinful relationships.
But God who is merciful knew every single person in that video would do the things they do, and whats amazing, he knew that and still went to the cross and died for us.
You see God loves you and he knows you by name. Ok ok, that doesn't seem like much but God who is in charge of the entire universe, who has to deal with every problem in the world and who created every single person ever, knows you by name and loves you more than anyone could ever love you ... even though he knew you would turn away from him.
He knew you would deny him and not believe in him and curse his name and break his commands BUT HE STILL LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO SUFFER DEATH ON A CROSS FOR YOU! Please watch this video and thank God for his love.
Click on the Video Image on the left to watch