People seem to live for extremes nowadays, and how they see Jesus is no exception. Some people seem to have an extreme Jesus. To some, he is a “Homeboy” who is always ready to pat them on the back, even if they are currently dancing with the Devil. Others seem to see him as the commander of a concentration camp, ready to throw them into the fire the first time they mess up. He is neither! He is the good Father, who loves you no matter what, but knows when you do things that he has forbidden you are hurting yourself and others. He knows that the consequences of the things we do often extend far beyond the seconds it took to do them. He simply can not endorse many of the things we do. But he isn’t just a rule-maker, he is a loving father who is saddened and even angry, but he still loves us. When we realize our need for forgiveness and accept his grace he also has boundless love for us.
Just like our earthly fathers, if we run away he desperately wants us to come home, he will search for us and plead with us to come home. But at some point, the father will decide that he loves you enough to let you make your own decisions, and will regretfully let you have it your way.
He loves you, no matter what you have done. but don’t make him wait too long.
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At the end of our days, we will be surprised by how many people did and did not make it to Heaven.
Many people have a purely superficial religiosity, others may appear desperately wicked, but they are the ones that are crying out for grace the loudest.
Don’t assume that anyone is eternally locked out of God’s grace, and don’t assume that anyone is already assured, Heaven. Let God be the judge of that.
Everyone needs the Gospel! EVERYONE NEEDS LOVE!
Mark 2:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
A lot of people believe that they are too far gone for Christ to save them, Some Christians even seem to believe this of certain people, but he came for the Demon possessed, the thief on the cross, tax collectors, Saul the murderer and persecutor of Christians. I don’t care what you have done, you are not too evil for Christ to redeem.
Christians, sometimes you have to back away from people for your safety or even your sanity, but even those that you fear so much that you want to run when you see them can be redeemed by Christ. They still have to pay an earthly cost for their sin, but Christ blood can even cleanse them. If you can not bring yourself to witness to them, pray for them.
Philippians 4:4-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Easier said than done I hear you say, but these words were written by Paul in prison. He had endured so much. It is only by God’s grace that he had survived so far. Yet he could still talk about joy and peace. It was the peace and communion through prayer to God that got him through. No, I am not saying that you can name your blessing a claim it like some claim, but God will help your spirit survive if you lean on him.
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