Ever wondered why some see God as an angry being who desires vengeance against those who rebel and resist Him while others see God as a loving being who seeks to forgive those who rebel and resist Him? Ever pondered why these two views of God seem to compete, often to the detriment of both groups?
Of course, the Bible teaches that these two views of God are not necessarily opposing. God does demand obedience; He seeks loyalty. God also desires to forgive and to show mercy.
The Bible teaches God came up with an elegant yet simple solution to His need for justice and yes, vengeance and His desire to forgive, to be merciful — the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ fulfills God’s need to punish sins and sinners and His hope and desire to forgive sins and sinners.
So simple, even a caveman can understand it. So elegant, even the sophisticated can recognize it.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your desire to show us mercy, despite Your need for justice. Thank You Lord that You gave Your only Son that we might live, and live abundantly. In Jesus’ Name, amen.