God’s Love is Big Enough For His Grace
“Love never fails…faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Whenever we are tempted to ascend to a throne of judgment and look down our noses from the exalted height of our righteousness to judge all those sinners below, it’s a good idea to quickly climb down from that lofty place and consider that we were all sinners in the sight of God before Jesus came to save the world. And now even after His death, burial and resurrection Jesus’s saving grace is extended 24/7/365 to anyone who will receive it by faith. In the meantime God has committed all judgment to Jesus and Jesus has declared everyone who receives His salvation by faith free from the penalty of sin. He has made us free from sin and death. It’s an act of His grace to us that we could never earn nor are we responsible for maintaining it through our works.
That’s an important fact that we need to seriously consider, because even after we are born again by God’s grace there comes a tendency to believe that we are ever in danger of losing that grace if we err in the slightest and certainly if we make “big” missteps and sins after we have been born again. Even more so, is the idea that we have got to still uphold certain rules and regulations and requirements of the Old Law in order to be worthy of Gods grace, blessings or favor. That’s also not true. If we did need to do all those things, then our salvation would not be by grace through faith. It would be by grace initially, but then you have to work to live up to it to remain qualified for it. No, it’s just grace.
Nor is God’s grace a license to sin and live wantonly or lasciviously through the dictates of the flesh and the un-renewed mind. We have a reasonable responsibility in this work of love and faith. That is our due diligence to cooperate with the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit working in us, to hear, to receive and act on wise counsel, the wisdom from above.
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” John 5:22-23
Now Jesus, our High Priest is standing before God as our advocate, our lawyer, to defend us and plead our case before the Father. Though our sins are many, His grace is greater. The only one who wants us judged guilty is the devil, but he has no standing where our lives are concerned, plus his days are numbered.
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accusers of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Revelation 12:10
But our High Priest, Jesus Christ our Lord, is forever and as our intercessor His judgment is final, because His Father and our Father is the Judge.
“But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25
There is something we must do in order to realize the fullness of the grace that has been granted us. We have to know what we have been saved from and for, first, and then we have to believe it. Knowing is knowing God’s will, His promises, His provisions, and foremost, His love for us now, because of what Jesus has done for us. To know His will we have to study His Word. We have to make ourselves available to hear the preaching of the Gospel, the words of the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Pastors and Teachers He has given to us to perfect us in our walk of faith and equip us for the ministries He has created us to do. [Ephesians 4]
We are not called to fix everybody and straiten out their lives, but we are called to be gentle and show compassion as we minister grace to those who are opposing themselves.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Planks and specks are still the optimum context here. If we work on removing the planks from our eyes we can then see clearly to remove the specks in the eyes of others.
I’ve have found that it is a lot easier to truly love and exhort someone to embrace the saving truth of Christ if I remember that I have been granted such tremendous grace for my own sins. Therefore, I could never judge any one else for theirs. In fact, Jesus expressly teaches us not to judge.
This is our modal and out mandate.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-3
“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. “Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:35-38
What Jesus taught, He also lived when he walk among us on the earth. Now we are called to live as He lived and to love as He loves. GRACE and LOVE, what a beautiful thing.