April Letter 9: Amazed by Grace 2
Greetings of Grace, Mercy and Peace in the Matchless Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the mandate to embrace, embody and exemplify the Vision, the Virtues and the Values of Jesus and the Apostles.
As you grow in your walk with God, you begin to discover that there are many assumptions about God and His ways that are not consistent with His character as portrayed or revealed in the Holy Scriptures. They are simply man’s skewed view of God.
The only way to obtain or receive the accurate knowledge of who God is, is found in the Holy Writ called the Bible. The character, compassion and the acts of God the Father is demonstrated physically and visibly in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. See John 4:20-22; Matthew 15:1-9; John 5:37-47; 9:1-7.
For instance, there are people who think that God the Father is wicked, hateful and judgmental, but it is not true. For all who have painstakingly studied the Bible with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. you will find a Loving, Caring and Compassionate God. See John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:7-19; Matthew 7:7-11
If you observe God’s response to Adam when he rebelled against God, you will see grace. Man was trying to hide away from God and God searched him out. The same God also provided the remedy to man’s nakedness and covered him with the skin of an animal. Then He pronounced His redemptive plan for intentional rebels. Think about that. Genesis 3:8-21.
God doesn’t hate you. He is the one trying to reach you, save you and change you. Don’t run away from God, run to God. He is a ready Helper, a ready Savior and a ready Healer. Psalm 86:5; Joel 2:13; Exodus 34:6-10
After Abram lied, God sought to save Abram’s wife. That was an act of grace. God could have left him to face the consequences of his intentional act of lying and disobedience but God in His grace and mercy intervened. He preserved His wife, His marriage and His destiny. What a merciful God. See Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18
Even when Abraham (previously Abram) prayed for Ishmael, God granted what He requested. What a God! Think about God’s response to David when Solomon the second son from Bathsheba was born. God loved the child and gave the child a special name. Yet We all know that the first child from the relationship between David and Bathsheba died. But we can see that God’s anger is but for a moment, His mercies endure forever. He does not chide forever. Hmmm. See Genesis 17:17-20; 2 Samuel 12:24-25; 12:1-23.
An amazing expression of Grace intervention is found in the Apostle Paul or Saul’s salvation story. He was on a mission to go and arrest Christians and Christ Jesus our Lord met him on the way and called him into the Ministry. God loves even His enemies. When Jesus was on the cross, He cried out, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus forgave His enemies. See Acts 9:1-16; 22:1-21; 26:2-19.
God is love. He cannot stop loving you. His love is everlasting. All His deeds on the earth are love driven, I mean that all the acts of God are love motivated. God is not the one making you sick, He is the One reaching out to heal you. God is not the One stealing from you, killing you or destroying you. He is your Savior. He is the One reaching out to help you. He loves you. I mean He really loves you. That’s why He sent His One and Only Son to rescue you from destruction. Selah
In Loving Devotion,
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