Words from the Heart for Saturday December 7th, 2019
For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 (NLT)
Chosen to Love
Queen Victoria herself was asked to choose a capital for the province of Canada, which at that time consisted of the two colonies of Quebec and Ontario, and there’s a story that she simply stuck a hatpin into a map, between Toronto and Montreal. Another story has her choosing Ottawa because she had liked landscape paintings of the area. These are urban legends, no doubt.
Too many people think of God as a kind, friendly, old grandfather who doles out candy and love and has His grandchildren sitting on his lap. While it is absolutely true that God does love us and desires to have a relationship with us, and He does pour out blessing on His children, we must never forget that He is far more than this. God is love, but He is also the perfect judge and He cannot ignore the sin that is so prevalent in our world. There is a loving side to God – by nature He is love. But there is also a justice side to God – we see this in Jesus turning over the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple courts. Thankfully, in Christ, God has chosen to love us, and not to pour out His anger on us. That is what Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:9: “For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.” There is much in my life for which God’s just nature could get angry. How grateful I am that He instead has chosen to love me in Christ, and when I reached out in repentance and faith, He removed my sin and welcomed me into His family. Have you experienced this?
These have been words from the heart.