I watched the film “The Shack” featuring Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington. Worthington’s character was filled with anger toward God and hatred and bitterness toward the man who killed his daughter. At one point, it was explained to Him that we all are God’s children and His desire is to redeem and reconcile with the ones who are lost – no matter their past.
While we are quick to try to explain how someone else’s sin is worse than what we’ve done, Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. We weren’t told that there were different punishments for sins that fell into group A or B. While God does judge and discipline, He also forgives and shows mercy. God doesn’t look at whether we deserve forgiveness, mercy, or compassion. When we repent, He doesn’t hold our past against us.
Luke 6: 35-36 tells us to love, do good, and be merciful just as we would want the Father to be with us. If we are to call ourselves “Christ-like”, we must reflect the Father. #LoveDoGoodBeMerciful #ThankHimThursday
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Luke 6: 35-36 (MSG) I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.
Luke 6: 35-36 (KJV) But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.