I read this quote the other day and was impacted by it:
“I refuse to be a Christian who is generous with damnation and stingy with Grace.”
Too often our image of God and our portrayal of God, is one of an angry God, sitting in heaven sending floods, calamity, sickness our way to punish.
How many times has trouble come our way and the first question we think is, “What have I done to deserve this?” The root of that question is, “How have I angered God that He is punishing me?”
We have an Old Testament perspective.
After the flood, God, Himself, promised to never again flood the earth. He gave us a sign -the rainbow. The rainbow is a constant reminder sunny days will return. We walk-in confidence knowing no matter how much rain we are experiencing at the moment, the sun will return.
God, through the prophet Isaiah, amended His promise to Noah.
““For this is like the days of Noah to Me, When I swore that the waters of Noah Would not flood the earth again; So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you Nor will I rebuke you. For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:9-10 NASB
When we see the rainbow, it should also remind us that God is no longer angry with us and is no longer rebuking us. His love will never be removed from us. His peace cannot be shaken.
Let us walk in confidence that God is no longer angry with us. Let’s be generous with grace and stingy with damnation. Allow His goodness, his kindness to draw the lost unto Him.
My friends, He has promised not to flood the earth again. He has promised not to be angry with us. We believe the former. Let us also believe the latter.