July 26, 2017: SOAP #2792: Isaiah 46-49; 1Peter 5 Scripture:  1Peter (NIV) 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. Observation:   Justice is getting what I deserve.   Mercy is [...]

July 26, 2017: SOAP #2792: Isaiah 46-49; 1Peter 5

Scripture:  1Peter (NIV) 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Observation:   Justice is getting what I deserve.   Mercy is not getting what I deserve.   Grace is getting what I do not deserve.

There is no power on earth that can force God to be gracious.   There is no intelligence on earth that could devise an argument so convincing that it would convince God to be gracious.   God is gracious because that is His nature.   His grace is limited only by His holiness.   Holiness demands justice, but God's love found a way, at great cost to Himself, to settle holiness's demand for justice and extend grace to His creation He so greatly loves.   Grace is an expression of God's love.   It is as amazing as is His love!

Application:   The more I understand God's holiness and love, the more I am humbled to know that the God of all creation"that He Himself settled my issues with being holy by sending His Son to die in my place on a cross.   In mercy, He offered me forgiveness; in grace, He accepted me as His child.   How can I not live as His humble servant in obedience to His will!!!

Prayer:     Gracious Heavenly Father, you are amazing!   I am in awe of your grace extended to me.   I have not just read about it; I have experienced it!   My heart overflows with praise and worship. Amen            

Pastor Leon
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