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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Judgment & Mercy of God

"But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness." Isaiah 5:16 NASB Some people only want to talk about God's love and mercy without talking about His justice and holiness. Mercy, grace and love mean little to people unless you know that you don't deserve them and that not everyone receives them. We have to recognize that we don't meet God's standard and then turn from sin and trust & believe in God's sacrifice for Jesus His Son. He died to take our punishment and He arose and conquered death, so that those who believe in Him might have eternal life instead of the eternal punishment that we all deserve.

Everyone has done something against God's standard...lied, stolen (even something small), wanted something that belonged to someone else, had hatred for someone which Jesus considered equivalent to murder, or lusted which is equivalent to adultery or fornication, or used God's name in vain, or worshipped self or something else by placing them as more important than God to you. If you were to stand before God as Judge, what would you say? Would you be found guilty?

To those who say you believe in Jesus:

If you say that you have trusted in Christ's death to take the punishment for your sin, then do your actions show that you have really changed and committed your life to the Lord? Do you love and want to obey the Lord, or is He just a fire escape to you? He is an escape from judgment, but do you have a real relationship with Him? Do you show that you love the Lord in your love for others? On the other hand, do you excuse all sin under the guise of love which is not really loving after all? Well, these are just some thoughts I have, and I hope that God's love will shine through me somehow to you.

(I posted this first on Facebook, but I thought I'd share it here as well.)

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