CQ Plus February 9-15 2013

Undeserved Grace and Love

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’ ” (1 Cor. 3:19, NIV).

I have made this statement to myself and to friends on many occasions: “If I were God, not even I would still be alive because I am too disobedient and too sinful.”

When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, the world was perfect and sinless. By yielding to the temptations of Satan, they became the first earthly beings to turn their backs on God.

Let’s look at this very closely. As we read through the books of the Old Testament, what we see is continual disobedience to and disregard for the law of God. From Genesis all the way to Malachi, it is a similar situation: God cares for His people and shows extreme concern, but then they would soon forget about all the good that He had been doing for them. Whenever they called on Him for help, however, He would rescue them and also restore them to where they should be. For most of us the reaction would be different. If one has a friend who continually violates the law, at some point the reaction may be, “Too bad for him. I give up!”

When we read the story of the Israelites, we often comment about their ungratefulness for all the blessings they had received from God. But are we, as Christians, any different today? That is a question that each of us needs to ask ourselves. God has forgiven me so many times that I have lost count. Yet I continue to sin and live not according to His will. Despite my wickedness, at the end of each day I can sit back and count numberless blessings that I have received for the day.

This shows the extent of God’s love and grace for humanity. This is not to say that we could live any way we wish and expect God just to forgive us. When God forgives us, He expects to see a change in us. His love is beyond human understanding, but if it wasn’t for this love and grace, where would we be? Christ’s death on the Cross is a demonstration of His willingness to restore us to a lasting relationship with Him. As a matter of fact, it is because of Christ’s death that we have reason to live and also have the hope of eternal life. His love demonstrated through His forgiveness should inspire us to want to live daily for Him and to maintain a close relationship with Him.

Ashley Massicotte, Thibaud, Dominica