So often when we think of God we come to him as though he was mean and tight fisted, but the Scripture paints a very different picture it shows us a God of grace and love. In this post I want to demonstrate that from several Scriptures.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.” (Is 55:1–13).
This passage reveal the generosity of God’s love towards us, here God call his people back to himself and offers them a feast of good things, yet no price has to be paid he gives generously out of love, this passage can help us to overcome any barriers that we might have erected because he calls us to come just as we are, so that he can change us by his love and grace. The only qualification you need to come is that you are spiritually hungry and thirsty. Yes he calls us to forsake our evil ways but this is because he wants to change us for the better. Sometimes we are put off from coming to God because of his greatness but this is the reason that we should come to him according to this passage. Here, we see the God of holy love inviting people to a rich banquet with him and promising that as we come to him we will know real joy.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Tt 3:3–7).
Paul as writes to Titus reminds him of some the basic themes of the gospel, firstly he reminds him of where we have come from, but he then moves onto the riches of our salvation. He describes our Saviour as being kind and loving, and that is why he saved us. Furthermore, he shows that this work of God’s grace is something that transforms us because we have been born again, but he does not stop here. Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit has been generously given, so often Christians fear the Holy spirit but why should we fear the one who shows us the generosity of God? Many of us are scared that the Holy spirit will make us weird, but this is a lie from the evil one because he does not want us to enter the riches of God’s grace. We need to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit because he is the one who transform us into the likeness of Jesus Christ and empowers us for all our acts of service. The Holy Spirit is the one who imparts the gifts of God’s grace tu us, when we look at the lists of the gifts of the Holy spirit in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12-14, we will see that they are all given so that the Church will be built up and the Church will be able to reach out to the lost community that surrounds it.
In this passage we see how God empowered his people for works of service, the amazing event s of Pentecost were not for the believers entertainment but rather so that the mission of Jesus Christ to redeem sinners would be advanced. Read this whole chapter and you will see God at work changing lives and then calling more people into a relationship with himself. The gift of the Spirit was given so that the mission of the Church would begin and we see at the end of the chapter the new community devoting itself to the Lord and his people. The early disciples were eager to grow in their relationship with God, and they therefore devoted themselves to the Apostolic teaching, to prayer and to breaking bread together. When they grasped the generosity of God towards them it transformed their attitude to their own property, God’s generosity transformed their hearts so that they were willing to share with the needy.
Conclusion: we need to immerse ourselves in the truth of generous love of God,here we find a message that takes us out of spiritual bondage into the liberty of the gospel. and as we receive the generous grace of God into our own lives we will want to share that generosity with others.