God Is Kind to Sinners
“For we ourselves were sometimes foolish, disobedient...but after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.” (Titus 3:3a, 4)
Have you disobeyed your parents recently? How did they treat you the next day, after you disobeyed? They probably gave you food to eat, provided you with clothing to wear, and allowed you to keep living under their roof, at the very least. They may have even done something especially nice for you, like served one of your favorite foods or fixed one of your toys that was broken. Your parents’ love for you does not change after you disobey them. Your parents continue to show love and kindness to you, day after day, even when you disobey or disappoint them. That’s because loving you is natural for them. You are in their family. Loving you is part of who they are as your parents.
The Bible tells us that God loved us even when we were not in His family. Romans 5:8 tells us that He showed His love for us while we were outside His family, still lost in our sins. Titus 3:3-4 tells us that He loved us even after we had been foolish, disobedient, and hateful. If you are saved today, God loved you and showed mercy to you after you had sinned against Him thousands of times. He brought you into His family and made you an heir of eternal life (Titus 3:7). He saved you just because of His mercy. He showed kindness and love to you – because that is His nature. It is part of Who He is. God is kind to sinners.
Are you ever tempted to think that God is not kind? Have you ever thought that, because He has not given you some of the things you want, He does not love you? God has already proven His love and kindness toward you. He has already shown you much greater love and kindness than you could ever hope to deserve. He will not keep back His kindness from you now. Sometimes God waits to give us good things, and sometimes He refuses to give us things because they would harm us. When you are tempted to doubt God’s kindness and love, just look back to the day that He saved you. He loved you when you were still a sinner – and He will always love you. It is part of Who He is.
God is kind and loving toward sinners.
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Truth In Real Life
G Campbell Morgan
“Everything a sinning man needs he finds at the Cross.”
George Campbell Morgan was born in England on December 9, 1863. Even as a child, he admired his father who was a Baptist preacher. Morgan once wrote that he had no choice but to get saved because of his father’s wonderful Christian testimony.
As a child, Morgan was often sick and unable to go to school. He was tutored at home and was taught to love learning and to study hard. This love of learning would grow with him throughout his life.
When he was 10, Morgan got to hear Dwight L. Moody preach. He was so impressed by what he saw and heard that he started preaching, as well. So, he became a preacher at the age of 13. By age 15, he was traveling and preaching as often as he was able.
Then something very dangerous and difficult happened that would change the course of Morgan’s life.
When G. Campbell Morgan was 19 years old, he began reading as much as he could about God and religion. Some of it was good, but much of it was wrong. A lot of it was human discussion about God and His Word, rather than God’s own teaching about Himself. Very soon, Morgan got all caught up in wrong thinking about God and the Bible. He became very interested in philosophy – or the pursuit of knowledge – and unfortunately, he became even more interested than he was in the things God had written about Himself in His Word. For the next two years, Morgan refused even to read his Bible!
Finally, at age 21, God got a hold of his heart and Morgan realized he had had enough of man-made philosophy. Instead, he returned to God’s Word and to trusting Christ. He spent the rest of his life preaching that God knows much more than human beings know. He wrote 60 books and 11 pamphlets. Eventually, Dwight L. Moody ended up relying on Morgan to help him in his ministry. In serving God, Morgan had the opportunity to help the man who was so used by God in his own early life as a believer.
Have you ever been tempted to trust human opinions and conclusions more than you trust God’s own Word? It is possible to be smart about the world and ignorant about God.
1 Corinthians 1:27 – But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.