I’m not sure I’ll ever really be able to grasp how passionately our Lord loves me. How passionately our God loves each and every one of us. Yet, that’s what the Bible tells us over and over again. And God tells us this so clearly through the willing, sacrificial death of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. Not His. For the gift of our eternal life. Through His.
I’m not sure I’ll ever really be able to comprehend the idea that our Lord actually longs to pour out His grace and goodness onto us and into us, and through us to others.
I’m not sure I’ll ever really be able to fully understand how it is that our Lord chooses to come close to us and to rise up, showing us His compassion for us. Yet, that’s what the Bible tells us. Our God is a God who wants good for us. Our God is a God who wants to show us His grace and compassion.
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait on the LORD. – Isaiah 30:18
No, I’m not sure about how or why our Lord – the God of justice – loves us in the outrageous, unexplainable ways that He does. But! I am convinced that this is true because my life has been irrevocably transformed by my Lord’s unexplainable grace and compassion. It was through trusting that Jesus paid the full price for my own ugly sins, and for all the sins of all others, that I understood that God’s justice had been fully met through the death of Jesus Christ.
It was in trusting God at God’s Word, in trusting in Jesus’ death and resurrection for my own forgiveness, that I was able to open myself up to receive God’s grace and compassion – receive God’s longing and God’s power – to forgive all those who had ever caused me harm or hurt of any kind, at any time.
And I am convinced that the Lord wants, and is more able than you could ever imagine, to transform your life, too, with His unexplainable grace and compassion! Will you let Him?
Will you allow the truth of God’s Word – His gracious, compassionate and just Word – to break through to you?
In the places you want to stay in control?
In the places you want to stay angry or bitter or self-righteous or self-sufficient?
In the places you refuse to believe that Jesus’ death was really enough for your forgiveness?
In the places you refuse to believe that Jesus’ death was really enough for the forgiveness of all others? Even for those most evil of others? Even when this isn’t your sense of justice?
Our Lord is the God of justice who longs to pour out His grace and compassion to each of us. And I am so thankful He does! My life depends on God’s amazing, unexplainable grace and compassion – right now and for all eternity. And so does yours.