Limiting the grace of God
Here is something I read on Facebook.
Limiting the grace of God
by Joshua Arnold
I can’t count how many Christians fall into sin and sit and wallow in it miserably, and end up sinfully discouraging themselves in their walk, simply because they limit the grace of God.
They entangle their souls by limiting the love and grace of God. It is as though they refuse to believe that God is as forgiving as He says He is. They act as though God reluctantly forgives people with an unwilling willingness, as if He loses glory by forgiving people.
Do you know how many Christians, especially in the Reformed camp, make so little of the love and forgiveness of God? They eagerly make much of His sovereignty and wisdom and wrath, but then shortchange Him on His forgiveness and love. They are so afraid to be like the prosperity preachers that speak so much of the love of God without mentioning the wrath of God and His demanding of repentance, that they end up forsaking even entertaining and enjoying His love at all.
They rather sit and whine and focus on all their failings instead of the victory and love of the Lord Jesus Christ. They don’t understand that they steal glory from God when they do this. All true Christian’s hate sin, but wallowing in filth is what a pig does. We are not swine. We are the Lord vessels of mercy.
When a child of His sins, He is not looking on them with disgust, He is looking on them with great, great pity, like the way a loving mother pities her lame or blind child. And when you return to Him, He is not seeking to shame you. He is like the prodigal Son’s dad who ran out, gave the best robe, and prepared an excellent feast. He is like a shepherd who pulls his strayed sheep out of a hole, and puts it on his neck with a huge smile on his face.
He is not like men who are reluctant to forgive and have a difficult time loving those who did them wrong. His thoughts are infinitely above and more glorious than our thoughts. He has made so many promises to encourage us to come to Him even after the most disgusting and longest backsliding. He has even made it a command in order to prove that He takes great pleasure in forgiving.
If we have sinned, we can hate it all we want, and we should, but we should hate it as we are walking to the God we love. If you want to show how much you hate sin, turn from it and love God. He has promised to forgive and cleanse you in His time. Turn to Him right now, and if you fall again, nothing has changed, He still remembers that you are dust. His love for you has not changed.