Monday, March 6, 2017

Devotion 14: Repugnant Grace

On their Facebook page, someone wrote "Liars!"  And underneath was a picture of a women with the caption, "Jesus would hold women's hands to support them during their abortion: abortionist."

I thought, on the one hand, God is angered by such sins so how could he hold the hands of the women having an abortion and, also, of those performing it?  Yet, on the other hand, God loves all men and women, not as righteous but as sinners.  Doesn't the Bible read, "for God so loved the world"?

But, then I was startled to think that while I agree God's Only Son would not support having an abortion, however, he did more than just hold their hand:  He died for them on a Cross while they were having the abortion!

I thought, on the one hand, God is angered by such sins so how could he hold the hands of one having and those performing an abortion; yet, on the other hand, God loves all men and women as sinners.  Doesn't the Bible read, "for God so loved the world"?

Right after reading that FB post, I opened my Bible for my daily morning reading, and the first verse that I came to was...

"But you spare all things, because they are yours..."
Wisdom 11:26 (NAB)

I am finding that this show of God's mercy is spite of such evil acts is repugnant, to be loving the ungodly - even me! - while they were still sinning, committing the most odious crimes against God's holiness and Law.  God's love, demonstrated on the Cross is a disgraceful and discreditable action, a scandal.  I realized how repugnant is the free and sovereign grace of God to our moral sense of justice, our sense of right and wrong.

God sees the horrendous evils being committed and, yet - is this going to far with what the Bible teaches us about divine grace? - He demonstrates His own love by sending His Son to die for sinners even while they are still sinning!

Perhaps our mind rebels against such love.  Perhaps we do not understand how to emulate that love in our own lives and hinder the Spirit's demonstration by a perception of our own righteousness that excludes others who are still yet sinning, distancing ourselves from them.  We forget that, although we may be saved and walking in obedience, nevertheless, we all still possesses the same fallen condition: "therefore, let him who stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Perhaps only a repugnant grace can free the sinner from his sins.  And we, as Christians, should know.  Such a repugnant grace freed us.

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