Resting in God’s Grace and Mercy

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

I was reading a magazine interview awhile back about a woman who was supposedly the smartest person in the world. It was interesting to see what she had to say. So as I read this interview, I came across one question that made me stop. The interviewer asked, “If you could have anything you want, what would it be?” She responded, “Justice.”

Well, I beg to differ with this woman. I don’t want justice because when it comes down to judgment, I know what side of justice I deserve! Instead, I want the love and mercy of God. That love was displayed in splendor and glory, yet also in suffering and in agony at the cross.

In our flesh, you and I deserve nothing more than the wrath of God. Yet, it’s the grace of God that preserves us, allows us even one breath, and eventually draws us to Him. That’s not justice. That’s mercy.

It was at the cross that justice and mercy met. Jesus received the justice we deserved, and, in turn, purchased for you and me grace and mercy. Yet, so many today try to live a good life and not sin too much, hoping one day they’ll be good enough to make it to heaven. But the truth is that you are bought at an immeasurable price and given grace and mercy for eternal life. So live each day in that truth and share it with others as well!

JESUS TOOK YOUR JUSTICE AND GAVE YOU GRACE AND MERCY AT THE CROSS. SO INSTEAD OF TRYING TO WORK YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN, REST IN HIS GRACE AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS!

Pastor Graham

The Cross: The Believer’s Motivation

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Paul was single-minded in the message he preached. The cross was not only his primary subject; it was also his motivation for living. When we begin to understand all that Jesus did for us at Calvary, we, too, can receive fresh motivation to live for Him. For instance, we can…

Walk humbly before God. Since the power to live the Christian life is supplied by Christ, there is no room for pride. When Jesus died, our “flesh” nature was crucified with Him so that we could live in newness of life. Any success we achieve in living righteously or walking in obedience is possible only because He is working through us.

Serve the Lord faithfully. At the cross, we were placed “in Christ,” and He is in us (Gal. 2:20). We are now His body on earth, created for good works which God has prepared for us to do (Eph. 2:10). Jesus wasn’t crucified so we could sit in pews each Sunday and listen to sermons. He has specific tasks for each of us to achieve during our lifetime.

Share our faith. Knowing all that Jesus accomplished at the cross should motivate us to share the gospel with others. This world is filled with hurting people who know nothing about salvation. Since their eternal destiny is at stake, how can we keep our mouths closed?

Too often we view the cross only as a past event that secured our eternal destiny, and we fail to see how it can motivate daily choices and activities. Stop to contemplate all that God is continually accomplishing in you though the cross. Let it be your motivation to live wholeheartedly for Christ.

Dr. Charles Stanley

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