Greetings from a former sinner saved by grace through faith and now a saint in the eyes of God our Father. I wanted to write this blog on three topics:
1. God’s love for all of mankind.
2. God’s mercy upon all who believe.
3. God’s grace to all who confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
God’s love for all of mankind
With a great and never-ending love for us, God our Father sent His son, Jesus, to the earth to atone for the sins of mankind. His Son took upon Himself all the sins of this world—past, present and future (John 3:16). This shows our God is a loving God. He is not waiting in Heaven for His chance to rebuke us for our sin, but instead, God deems that all sin has been covered by the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross at Calvery. And His love for us is eternal and everlasting.
God’s mercy upon all who believe
God’s mercy toward mankind was made evident through the sacrifice of His son, whose sacrifice allowed us to escape an eternity of torment. God knew man could not reach heaven through works; so, He showed mercy through the sacrifice that Jesus made for us because of His love for us, also. For if man could obtain Heaven on his own, Jesus would have never had to be crucified. The only thing man has to do to receive this covenant of mercy is believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:8-10).
God’s grace to all who confess Jesus
God’s grace, as with His mercy, belongs to all who believe on Jesus. It is defined as “unmerited favor,” showing that God wants His children to have the things that are profitable to them. His grace covers a multitude of sins. It is a benefit that should not be frustrated or used as a license to sin, but used to be free from the condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
These three principles—love, mercy and grace—are the cornerstone Christ wants His body to be built upon. We, as believers, must love one another (John 15:12-13) and extend mercy toward each other, refraining from a critical spirit. It is also important to show each other grace, always striving to have a forgiving heart and nature (Luke 6:37).
Walking in these principles will not only ease strife and division, but it will also keep us walking in the love of God.
Until next month, God bless.
–By Joseph Froats, Deacon, Harvest Barn Church