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Thankful

I am So Thankful for the Grace and Mercy of God

When I think of the grace and mercy of God I am a very thankful person. If it were not for His grace and mercy I would not be going to heaven.

I am amazed at the wisdom of the Lord as he dealt with people and taught His disciples the principles of the Kingdom of God. I remember when the Scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery (in the very act) to Jesus to test and see what He would say (John 8:1-11). “The Law” they declared, “commands that she be stoned to death for her sin.” Did she sin? Yes, caught in the very act. Was she guilty? Yes. Did the law actually state that she was to be stoned for her sin? Yes, both Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22-24 state the man and the woman shall be put to death. Where was the man? Wasn’t he caught in the act too? Why he was not also brought before Jesus no one knows.

What was Jesus’ response to her accusers? “He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone.” The scripture says that one by one, they all left the scene and only Jesus and the woman remained. He asked the woman where her accusers were and if any of them condemned her. She responded, “no one Lord;” to which Jesus said “neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Did Jesus gloss over her sin? No, He told her the truth, forgave her, and did not condemn her.

When Jesus met a man born blind from birth (John 9:1-41), the Pharisees asked Him who sinned? Was it the man or his parents? Jesus said it was neither, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. Jesus healed the man and the Pharisees concluded that He could not be from God because He healed the man on the Sabbath. The man who received the healing declared “If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” Then the Pharisees replied; “You were completely born in sins, and you are teaching us?”

Sin, and the grace and mercy of God. So many people do not understand how BIG the grace and mercy of God really are.

Sadly, even Christians judge and accuse others – verbally or mentally – of being sinners. We justify our own behavior, while viewing others as mean spirited, ungodly, unkind, evil, and nasty. We look at them and say within ourselves “How can anybody be so bad? Is there any way a person like that could ever make heaven? They are the devil incarnate – fat chance we’ll see person in heaven! Even God’s grace isn’t enough for them!”

However, if we were to examine our own lives and measure it against the Law (the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:3-17), we would also come up completely short.

Have I worshiped any other gods besides Him? Yes. I have served the occult through automatic handwriting, and worshipped a false god through Transcendental Meditation. Have I made or bowed down to any idols of any kind? Yes, money, music, women, and people. Have I misused the name of the Lord my God? Yes, both the Name of God and the Name of Jesus. Have I remembered and kept the Sabbath as a holy day of worship and rest to Him? No, I have missed it many times. Have I always honored my father and mother? No, I even rebelled against them at times. Have I committed murder? Not in the physical but in the mental. 1 John 3:15 declares that whoever hates his brother is a murderer and does not have eternal life abiding in him. The word “brother” in the original Greek can be translated both a brother born of the same parents, or simply “any fellow man.” Have I ever hated “any fellow man?” Yes. The word murder stands for the killing of innocent life. I may not be guilty of that, but according to the “Law,” I am guilty of murder through hate. Have I committed adultery? Yes, both in the natural and in the mind. Matthew 5:28 says that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Have I ever stolen anything? Yes. Have I ever lied? Yes. Have I ever been discontent and coveted anything that did not belong to me? Yes.

Well that takes care of the Big Ten! What about Galatians chapter five verses nineteen through twenty one which adds things like fornication, uncleanness, contentions, jealousy, outbursts of wrath, selfishness, revelries, and drunkenness? I can’t speak for you, but for me, I have done them all. According to that passage, I should not be inheriting the Kingdom of God! I am very thankful for the mercy and grace of God! Condemn someone else? No, that is not something I could ever do.

Jesus gave a great discourse about sin in Luke chapter 13 verses one through nine. The people were talking to Him about some Jews from Galilee whose blood Pilate mixed with their sacrifices. What that meant was that these Galileans had most likely transgressed a Roman law and Pilate put them to death as they were offering worship sacrifices in Jerusalem. Jesus gave them an amazing response; He said, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2-3).

Continuing in His discourse He spoke of eighteen people who were killed when the tower in Siloam fell. He repeated the same question; “Do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?” His answer, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4-5)

From this teaching we must conclude that there is no such thing as a “worse sinner.” Worse sinners do not exist! But what about the pedophile, the homosexual, the serial killer, the wife beater, the pornographer, the genocidal, and the like? Jesus says; “unless we repent, we shall all likewise perish.” Romans 3:22-33 says; “…there is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” James 2:10 says; “whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” Does that mean if they repent that God will forgive them? Yes.

But doesn’t that just give us encouragement to continue in sin? Not if you truly repent! Even the Apostle Paul said; “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2). In verse 13 he tells us we should present ourselves as instruments of righteousness to God! For me, I am so thankful for the grace and mercy of God, that every day I seek His face to renew my mind and to walk with Him in righteousness. Every day for me is a day of humility and repentance as necessary because of His great love for me. I am so thankful for 1 John 1:9, that if I miss it (which I do), and confess my sin He is faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Every day for me is a day to purge myself of anything unclean and to continue in my spiritual (and natural) growth in my walk with Him. Have I arrived yet? No, but I am working on it, and He is still working on me. I am so thankful for His grace and mercy.

So you ask, “How did you ever get to be a Pastor of a church?” My answer… “By the grace and the mercy of God.” Without the grace and mercy of God we are all toast.

My advice… repent, thank Him for His forgiveness, seek Him first every day, stay the course, and help someone else do the same.

Be encouraged… “For He (the Father) made Him (the Son) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we (that’s us) might become the righteousness of God (the Father) in Him (the Son). That, my friends, is the greatest substitution that has ever taken place.

Thank you Lord Jesus!

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Pastor Jim Langlois is the Senior Pastor of The Master’s House www.tmhnow.org, President of MKEA (The Master’s Kids Evangelistic Association) www.mkea.org, and an Area Director for ICFM (International Convention of Faith Ministries) www.icfm.org. You can follow him at docinthehouse, on Twitter at jimlanglois, and on Facebook at jim.langlois. His most recent books are “Is it Okay to Pray in Tongues in Church?” and “Will the Real God Please Stand Up!” Both are available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

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