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Showing posts with label mercy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mercy. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Did God Create People to be Wicked?

September 16, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Proverbs 16:4 
The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose—even the wicked for the day of disaster.

This passage seems to say that the Lord has created some individuals for the explicit purpose to be wicked. Could that possibly be correct? We know that evil and sin are abominations to God; did He create evil to serve His purpose?

God created every one of us, surely He created wicked people too. History has dozens of high-visible examples of people who were truly evil. These wicked people were eventually brought down; I have no doubt they were judged severely when they stood before their Maker.

Looking at today’s current events, with the thoughtless vandalism and brutal beatings between those of differing opinions, perhaps the Lord really does make the wicked...what could be His purpose? 

This verse is often used to pick apart faith in God. I read quite a few articles by different Bible scholars about this verse. Almost all discussions refer back to the original Hebrew or Greek of this passage where the phrase, “everything for His purpose” comes from the Hebrew word maaneh, which means “to answer to, or to give a reply to.”

This changes the verse to read like this:
The Lord hath made all things to give answer unto Him, even the wicked, who think they are off His hook. They will be required to give an account unto Him on the day of judgment."

Then, putting this verse into context, makes the message even more clear: (from the Amplified)

1The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man, But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 
 
2All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes; But the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth]. 

3Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
 

4The Lord has made everything for its own purpose [every person and every deed must answer to Him], Even the wicked for the day of evil.
 

5Everyone who is proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; Be assured he will not go unpunished.
 

6By mercy, loving kindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, And by the fear [reverence] of the Lord, one avoids evil.

From so many other passages in the Bible, it is abundantly clear that God did NOT create people to behave wickedly so He could use them or to punish them. All things have been created by God for His glory. And all of His creations will be required to give an account to Him for what they have - and haven't - done. Even those who think they are getting away with their violence, theft, and lawlessness today, are going to give an account to Him on the day of judgment.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, we know that Abba Father is good to all, so good, that He gave His only son as a living sacrifice for us all.  We thank you, Lord, for what You did for humanity. We pray that many more will come to You, repent and live a lift of grace, charity and Love, in Your name. Lord, we pray for our country, our legislator, our president. We pray for the safety of those who fight daily to protect and preserve our constitution and our bill of rights. We know that wickedness exists in the world due to man’s fall from Grace and falling for Satan’s many traps. We love You. We worship You and we are grateful for Your many blessings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Grace and Mercy Work Together

September 11, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 John 1:6   (correction verse: 2 John 1:3) 


Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and
 from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.


The Bible has several verses that mention God’s grace and God’s mercy together, but the meaning of these two words is very different. Grace is God’s blessing. We receive His unconditional as a free gift, and it is something we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God withholds a punishment we do deserve.

To fully understand grace, we need to consider who we were without God’s grace, which means living without Jesus in our hearts. We were spiritually dead. We have no morals, no sense of right or wrong, no concerns about retribution for our actions today or in the future. Without belief in eternal life, we live for today with no concern about  tomorrow. We don’t even acknowledge we have a soul that may be eternally separated from God’s love if we reject Jesus.

It is important for grace and mercy to work in tandem. Emphasizing grace alone focuses only on God’s love. It can seem sentimental and can be taken lightly. On the opposite side, focusing on only asking for God’s mercy to avoid punishment can make God seem harsh and cold. Jesus’ life demonstrates the balance between grace and mercy. They meld together in a perfect balance. 

Christianity is a unique blend that shows how God delivers grace through His justice and truth, and how He offers mercy when we sin.

Remember: We did nothing to earn God’s grace and, in fact, we deserve His justice even when He gives us mercy. We serve an awesome God!

TODAY’S PRAYER:
Dear Father in heaven, there are not enough words in any language to describe the feeling of gratitude we have for Your grace, and now much You love us. We are grateful that becoming one with You does not have to be earned because no amount of busy-ness could possibly be enough to enter the gates of heaven. We humble ourselves before You, Lord, with a child’s heart and simple gratitude. Thank You for being who You are. Thank You for your grace which we are so grateful to feel and experience. In Jesus name, Amen