Something Too Good To Be True Must Be False
I have always been told, as I am sure you have too, that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true at all. We wish for things. Oh, if it were only true. I was also told that promises without action are just empty words.
By: Mission Enabled
W.C. Fields said "Never give a sucker an even break." You get the point. We want to believe something to be true and we might even go to ridiculous lengths to try to prove it to ourselves. In my youth, that's how I looked at the promises of the Bible.
My sense of justice says that the bad guys should get locked up and I have often fantasized about giving someone the proper beating they deserve. It's really difficult to put up with everybody else's flaws. If I were in charge, there would be some changes. Ya right.
God sees terrible behavior from us and wants to forgive us
God has His own view on all those flaws in human character and my way of dealing with them. His ways are counter to mine, and I dare sway yours too. He looks at disgusting human behavior and sees a person in need of forgiveness and salvation. Instead of taking somebody behind the woodshed, He wants to take them to the foot of the Cross. He has given them His son... Jesus.
God forgives us even though we do not deserve it
I am not deserving of salvation or forgiveness. There's just too much history. But the Bible says I can be forgiven, no matter what I've done. If I'm really honest, I have to admit that whatever the record says, I am guilty as charged.
The Apostle Paul, the guy who wrote most of the New Testament, but also the guy who personally killed many Christians, asked in the Book of Romans, "Who shall save me from this body of death?"
He admits he's a rotten guy. But Jesus chose him to be an evangelist. Jesus forgave him. Too good to be true, right? What did he do to catch a break like that? Well, nothing. Jesus chose him. He reached out to him and gave him to opportunity to join God's family of believers and deliver to Good News. Paul did not earn this privilege. He didn't buy it. It was given to him.