God's Love Through Christ' Grace
"For God so loved the world......." I wonder if we really get it? Clearly, not everyone gets it, or they'd have it; Christ' love, that is! God's love, through Jesus Christ, is like a "heat-seeking missle"; or maybe more aptly, "a heart-seeking missle". You've seen the war movies. These missles are launched, and seek out a heat signal. It knows no favorites. God's love, through His Son's sacrifice, is like that. God created all of us. It is not His will that "anyone" should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
The Apostle Paul said (in Romans 5:8) "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Christ has, and is, doing everything possible to draw us to Him. He's made every door open, and made Himself available to us, even unto His own death. I've been asked, more than once, "why is it so hard?" In other words, why does God make it so difficult to "be saved"? I believe Scripture proves, over and over, that He does not make it hard. It is, in fact, very simple. Scripture makes it clear ..."That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." There are no ifs, ands, or buts in that sentence.
The question really is ..are we willing. Are you willing? It's a step of faith. God is not going to push Himself on us. At the same time, He is a sovereign, sinless, God. That means He is all-powerful, and a just God; a Holy God. To allow "sin" in His presence would minimize His God-liness. Scripture says (Romans 3:23) "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". The prophet Isaiah made it clear, even long before Christ' birth "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2)
Don't expect a sin-less, perfect, loving, all-knowing, all-powerful, God to just wave off sin. He is a "just" God. Sin has a cost, and that price must be paid. That's what Jesus did for you, and for me, and for "all" who will believe and receive it.
God is seeking you. He told Jeremiah "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13) Are you willing to surrender your pride, and entrust yourself to Him? Will you seek Him with all your heart? Just A.S.K.! Accept that you were born a sinner, and that you need a Savior to forgive that sin. Surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Keep surrendering to Him each day.