Grace, Mercy, and Love but Truth!

Posted: July 29, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:29-32‬ (NIV):  “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

This passage of scripture sounds like a lot of the church and many “Christians” today…especially the “approve of them” or the approval (saying that these things (these actions or “sins” are not going against God or even worse that He approves or is okay with sin.

Nor does this mean that we as Christians use the words of these scriptures to go out and beat people with them either. Jesus didn’t do that to “you” did he?  

I know He didn’t do that to me. He placed the choice in front of me…Him or the world…let me choose….once I chose told me to obey YET loved me either way but since I chose Him I gained His eternal life and became His eternal son.

Showing love towards people doesn’t NOT make one guilty of or says that we approve of sin either as so many in the church seem to think. We (the church) shun sinners and hold them to a standard that they don’t yet know how to attain with our “stinking in God’s nostrils” religion thinking that we are doing God some kind of favor when Jesus Himself hung with the “riff raft” not becoming one of them but changing them as they communed with, ate with, talked with, and listened to His message that was full of love, mercy, and grace (we don’t show a lot of grace these days especially towards the people of the world that don’t know any better).

If the people who run around “preaching” all of the time ACTUALLY, TRULY, and HONESTLY lived a Christ-like life out before the world (including their homes) it would do more to entice people who are not in the faith to want to be IN the faith.

YES, we never “water down” the gospel or walk in agreement with sin but what did Christ do when He met people? He often simply talked with them, found out about their lives, healed them of their ailment and THEN told them “go and sin no more” AND He did so in complete love, grace, and mercy.

It seems to me that He saved His most vitriolic comments for those who KNEW God’s Word church folk) who put the burden of the law around people’s necks without keeping it themselves, and the religious hypocrites of the day calling them “hypocrites” or “brood of vipers” revealing their true nature…I DO NOT WANT TO BE ONE OF THEM (hypocrites) and work daily to lay my life out before Jesus that I am not.

So let’s declare that today we will find at least one person to show the love of Jesus to without condemning them to hell before they even know that jell is real or showing them the Jesus that can keep them from going there.

Let’s walk our lives out before the world like the champions for Christ that we are filled with love as we exude pure, unfiltered grace, and mercy towards others as Christ has done for us.

Call, visit or show that person that you have a “beef” with that you forgive them even if they don’t forgive you so that they can witness for themselves that there is a God in Heaven that “forgives” and that you are choosing to forgive because He first forgave you.

Read the scriptures and proof me wrong in this…better yet proof the Holy Spirit that gave me this insight and put this word into my heart this morning as I communed with God.

Lastly, ensure that you know that I fully understand that someone that you approach may reject you…it’s cool and you are being no less than what Jesus said you would be at times…”rejected”. So show Jesus (to them) and move onto the next soul that He puts in front of you or minister Jesus into the next and every situation that comes before you today as you will undoubtedly be the only glimpse of Jesus that some will see today in this evil and dark world.

He loves you and so do I dear brother and sister!  

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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