God the Diamond
Once upon a time (about three centuries ago really) the firebrand pulpiteer Jonathon Edwards melted pride and chastened souls with his timeless sermon - Sinners in the hands of an angry God.
But there is so much more to the God of the sinner than just anger. To my simple mind, a precisely cut diamond may better reflect God, for there are all perfect facets to Him.
Too long and too many have languished in the evangelical grief-stricken face of personal performance, without spinning the diamond and gazing upon the faces of mercy, compassion, grace and goodwill.
The God of Calvary deals with His own anger (not I), and keeps no resentments:
- the me who still sins, He still forgives,
- the me I don't like, He still delights in and
- the me who is ignorant, He keeps teaching.
Surely, Calvary first demonstrates Sinners in the hands of an anguished God?
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34a)
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Humility is responding graciously to another who does not trust you as much as God does." ~ Michael Cartwright
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