|No one has ever loved as Jesus did. He was full of grace and truth.
He had a big heart for the people who belonged to the very lowest in society.
God is wonderful in his love and grace.
Text and photo: Carl Grinde Date: September 24 2019
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Updated December20 2019
The Grace in God's Kingdom
Grace and love are at the heart of Jesus' message. It is the love of God Himself that He imparts to us through the life He lived. He is still alive.
Jesus came as a mediator between God and man, to suffer and die to take the punishment for the crimes and sins of the world and to atone for humanity with God.
As a Christian one believe that Jesus resurrected from death and is alive today. He sits on the right side of God the Father in heaven.
The whole fullness of God is in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God. He is also the Son of God. As Jesus thinks, values, respects and judges, so does God.
To be a Christian is to be friends with Jesus, to have him as your Lord and God. The Bible says, "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10: 9)
God is both strict and loving. If we confess Jesus as Lord according to Romans 10: 9 and repent and confess our sin, the immoral things done, maybe even criminal things then God is humble and gracious and welcomes us with open loving arms and forgives our sins.
God wants to have fellowship with us. He loves us. God loves you.
The important thing when we confess our sin to God is that we realize that we have done wrong, that we repent of what we have done and ask for forgiveness. Then, with Jesus as Lord in life, we may live in God's forgiveness and grace thereafter, firmly assured of His love and mercy, even when we happen to do wrong and sin again.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
"Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”
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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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Not only those who call themselves Christians are true children of God
God has many children who never go to church or even call themselves Christians. These people can be friends of Christ anyway and join the family of God, be saved and come to paradise.
All who call themselves Christians are not God's children. God looks to our heart. Jesus notices if you have him as your Lord and Savior.
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The correct confession of lips is no guarantee that you are right before God. The silent confession of the heart speaks louder to God.
Thus, the absence of the correct confession of lips should not be decisive for whether one can be counted as Jesus' friend or not.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
God hates religious pride and arrogance
God hates Fariséeism and religious pride. He hates when we Christians exalt ourselves above others and consider ourselves better and more worthy that others just because our religious works and our good appearance, looks. God sees straight through our hearts and whats in the inner core of our hearts can't be hidden from him.
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‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him.
“You must not oppress foreigners. You know what it’s like to be a foreigner, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Jesus and the tax collector Zacchaeus
He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The Samarian woman at Jacobs's well
And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.
Jesus and the woman who committed adultery
Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
“No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
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" In every case where Jesus meets a religious person and a sexual outcast (as in Luke 7) or a religious person and a racial outcast (as in John 3-4) or a religious person and a political outcast (as in Luke 19), the outcast is the one who connects with Jesus and the elder-brother type does not. Jesus says to the respectable religious leaders “the tax collectors and the prostitutes enter the kingdom before you” (Matthew 21:31). (Prodigal God, 18)"
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