The Only Difference Is God’s Grace

by on Apr.30, 2016, under Faith

I am redeemed sinner with gangster proclivity, trust Cornel West to that. As I pondered on West’s statement I realised that he meant to say two things, him being a believer has nothing to do with his abilities and good deeds and secondly he is not a finished product yet, he is still imperfect and as such he needs to be forgiven (he needs God’s grace) daily. None of us is too good or too evil for God’s love and forgiveness. His love is available for all of us to claim irrespective of our current station or situation in life.

Jesus was crucified alongside two criminals (Robbers). The Scripture records that, “one of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us”, Luke 23:39. But the other criminal reminded his fellow robber, “we are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man [Jesus] has done nothing wrong.” Lastly he asked, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” The truth is that up to the point when the two men were hanged, they were both robbers. The difference between them is that the second robber knew that what they had done was wrong and they deserved punishment by hanging to death. This can also be interpreted to mean that this man was apologetic of his deeds. Secondly he takes a step of faith and asks Jesus to remember him in his Kingdom and Jesus responded immediately that his wish had been granted.

Saul and David were both anointed kings of Israel, they were both war kings. David murdered one of his general (Uriah) so that he can take his wife (Bathsheba), David trusted an evil soldier (Joab) to lead the army of Israel. Saul presided over an indiscipline army, at one time God had ordered them to go to war and destroy everything in the enemy’s camp but Saul’s soldiers decided to spare some sheep and cattle to offer sacrifice to God, they did not have a bad intention but they were disobeying God. The only difference between the two kings was that Saul was not keen on seeking God and his forgiveness while David was remorseful of his evil deeds all the time, he cried to God for forgiveness. Jesus warned us that he who says that he sins not he is a liar, we all sin, a Christian walk is about repentance. God responds to our repentance, He referred to David as, “a man after my own heart”. No man before and after David ever received such a high recommendation from God.

God receives us just as we are. We only need to recognise our imperfect nature as humans and take it to Him; I will not be surprised to hear that God has given a testimony about you, “here is my beloved Eric or Edith a man/woman after my own heart”.

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