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God's view: His love outweighs his wrath

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God's view: His love outweighs his wrath

There are old people dying and there are babies being born. There are people at the peak of good health working out at the gym and people lying sick in hospital beds. There are people losing their jobs and people starting new jobs. There are couples getting divorces and couples making love. There are rich people living in big houses and homeless people living under bridges. There are Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus. Some people are speaking English; some are speaking Spanish; some are speaking other languages. There is tremendous joy and heart-wrenching sorrow. There are stark contrasts all around us. (Author unknown)

Look inside your own family. There are many of the same variances. All kinds of situations are going on. Some are joyful, some are sorrowful. There are all kinds of contrasts within a family. There are all kinds of contrasts in the family of God and the world, as well. The Bible says we see through a glass dimly...our view is limited. Our personal perspective is often tainted by emotions, but there is another view. There is God's view.

How can we see beyond our own little world?

Instead of focusing on the sin, sickness and sorrow in this world; focus on the joy of salvation. The more I experience God, the more I believe His mercy and grace supersedes judgement. Look at God as you would a big scale with wrath on one side and love on the other. Speaking from experience, His love far outweighs His wrath. (Romans 5:8). While we were yet sinners God sent his own Son, Jesus, to die on the Cross to take away our sin. Our sin has been covered. We don't go to hell for "sin" because Jesus already took care of our sin when He died on the Cross. (2 Cor. 5:21). A person goes to hell because they don't believe in Jesus... because they don't believe Jesus shed His blood to redeem us and that he was resurrected so we could be resurrected when he returns.

The devil tries to keep our focus sin; focusing on "trying to be better", when all the while it's a diversion from the fact that we MUST believe in the reconciliation and redemption that Jesus gave us, as a gift, when He died on the Cross. It's our belief in what happened on the Cross that makes the difference.

Jesus reconciled us to God. Period. Belief in what Jesus did makes all the difference. "He who believes in the Son has everlasting (eternal life); but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (John 3:36 NKJV). Jesus, when explaining the purpose of His life, said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

Another place we read: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:5-7 KJV).

For all the situations in life Jesus is there. For all the divorce, all the cancer, all the pain, all the sorrow, and all the fear in the heart of man: Jesus is there. If you have not made Him Lord of your life, please do so. The only way to experience the Good News of redemption is to believe in what Jesus did for us. Almost everyone, all over the world, believes in God (or a higher power), but it's through Jesus that we are justified and redeemed from the law of sin and death. That should make you feel a little safer and a little more secure in a world that is very shaky. You are priceless to God.

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