Words from the Heart for Monday September 9th, 2019
You will know that I am the Lord, O people of Israel, when I have honored my name by treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!
Ezekiel 20:44 (NLT)
To the Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War, they were known as Angels of Mercy. These angels were the scores of Canadian nurses who served overseas in military hospitals and dressing stations, often dangerously close to the front lines. In all, 3,000 women served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during the four-year conflict. By the time the war was over, 46 Canadian nurses had made the ultimate sacrifice for their king and country.
The heart of the Christian gospel is that we don’t get what we deserve and we get what we don’t deserve. This is grace. Perhaps the best known Bible verse teaching this is Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We understand that this is a New Testament principle, but it is also found clearly in the Old Testament as well. Ezekiel writes this in Ezekiel 20:44: “You will know that I am the Lord, O people of Israel, when I have honored my name by treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” We often think of the God of the Old Testament as angry and vindictive. A God of justice, yes, but always a God of grace, who treats us mercifully in spite of our sin. He is by nature a God of grace who went so far as to send His own Son to the Cross to take upon Himself the punishment our sins deserve. This is how we know that He is the Lord – the One true God who offers us grace. Have you received the gift of His redeeming grace through faith in Jesus Christ?
These have been words from the heart.