One Truth

    On Tuesday nights our young adult ministry joins Vintage Ministries in New York for their live webcast that includes worship, teaching, and small groups discussion.  One of the things we have been reminded to do the last several weeks is “Tell Yourself the Truth”.  We are told so many lies throughout our days that if you are not in God’s word and in prayer it can get very confusing to know what is truth and what is a lie.  If we are not seeking God through the scriptures we begin deciding what is truth based on our feelings instead of what God says.

One truth that I was reminded of last night was that God’s love for me doesn’t change based on my performance.  What I mean by this is if I have a day where I drop the ball and don’t share my faith,  I don’t read the Bible,  and I forget to pray God does not love me less.  However, the opposite is true as well in that if I go feed the homeless, read my Bible for an hour, lead 5 people to Christ, God doesn’t love me more.  God’s love for me and for you is unchanging!  Please don’t read into this the wrong way if I sin I stiff arm God and separate myself from him but He doesn’t love me less.  If I choose to sin my relationship with God changes because I walk away from him and walk towards a destructive path.  We also need to realize that God wants us to be in His word, he wants us to share our faith, he wants us to care for the down and out but that doesn’t make God love us more.   So today I am reminding myself of the truth that God’s love for me is not based on performance and that is greatly encouraging!

What truth do you need to remind yourself of today?

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  1. I completely agree that God’s love and our righteousness isn’t performance or self-modified behavior based. How do you view this in relation to God’s hatred of Esau? (Malachi 1:2-3 & Romans 9:10-13)

    • I actually preached Malachi 1:1-5 last Sunday. Oddly enough in the other minor prophets like Obadiah, we see Edom included in those whom the Messiah would redeem.

      The love / hate relationship of God toward Jacob and Esau is meant not for education of the final destiny of Esau, but of the covenant faithfulness of God to Jacob. I am, for lack of a better word ‘calvinistic’ in my doctrine of salvation, but I think most Calvinists do more with this text than the text justifies. The love/hate paradigm here is more about covenant and not about an emotional disposition towards either Jacob or Esau. God hated Esau in the sense that he gave his covenant promise to Jacob instead, yet God still loved Esau in that Edom was to be one of the nations blessed by the offspring of Jacob. Follow me?

  2. I believe God hated Esau in such a way that he loved Jacob and chose him as the instrument of God’s blessing. He hated Esau in a way that he did not make a covenant of blessing with him and his descendants (Edomites) but instead destroyed them for their rebellion. As for the scripture in Roman’s this is a hard scripture that I have struggled with as well. I think those next verses in 14-16 hit very good on this topic and are honestly hard for me to wrap my mind around. When it says, “What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For He tells Moses: I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy.”
    What this says to me is that my actions do not change how God feels about me. It is a tough topic one that I struggle with because I believe the Bible does talk about Free Will but also the fact that God does not need to treat all sinners the same in order to be just. In the story in Malachi both nations were punished for their sins, but only one received grace. I think this shows me that if myself and another commit a sin God doesn’t necessarily have to treat us both the same to be a just God. I might reap more consequences from my sin than someone else or visa versa even if we commit the same sin.

    • Dave that is a really good response to the question of Romans 9. I think Romans 9 clearly teaches single predestination, but it is wrong to think it preaches double predestination.

      As far as free will… well that is an interesting topic altogether.

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