For I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 1:16 NIV
Today I thought about the people whom the Lord sent to share the Gospel of Christ with me, and He sent many. They boldly spoke of the Lord and invited me into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; I thought they were nuts, and I boldly ran them off without hesitation. What I didn’t realize, though, was that I was rejecting God’s love and Grace. I did not deserve it. Grace is the unmerited favor of God given freely without finding fault and without reservation.
However, before giving anything such as Grace and forgiveness to anyone, we talk ourselves out of it because we confer with their past mistakes or find fault. We also measure our love for them by our expectations and seek perfectionism, which is impossible. Oh, thank God, He does not love in the manner we love, and thank God He sent His Son to pay the debt for our sins. No one on earth could have accomplished such a costly debt to get into heaven except through the Blood of a perfect sacrifice, and no one on earth could be holy enough except God’s Only Son, Jesus Christ. Once I realized I was hellbound, regardless of the good, the bad, and the ugly, I welcomed the next person who came along and shared the Gospel with me. I was grateful the Lord did not give up and walk away from me because it was never people I was rejecting; it was God. I am also thankful to those unashamed to share the Love of God with me, even when I rejected them. They found and shared the greatest treasure ever with me; it’s called Grace. This isn’t about religion; this is a message of love and acceptance through repentance and acceptance. God loves you, and He accepts you as you are. Repentance is asking God to forgive you for hurting Him through the people you hurt and accepting His forgiveness through the Atoning Sacrifice of His Son. Jesus paid with His Perfect Life and died on the Cross; He freely gave His life for the world. When He rose again on the third day, He brought those who had died back with Him, and when He comes back again, He will wake up the dead first, as He did before, and we will meet them on the clouds. I long for the day I hear my son shouting from the clouds, MOM, MOM! What a glorious day for me because those who were unashamed, my son, my children, and my grandchildren, received the greatest gift; eternal life without pain, suffering, tears, or death!