For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
This is the mercy of God revealed for us. God so loves us that He incredibly humbled and lowered Himself to become a man. God the Father sent His own Son to become a merciful exchange for us. His Son Jesus lived the life we could and can never live in ourselves. He lived a perfectly righteous and Father-pleasing life in our place. Jesus chose to be so greatly lowered as to die a humiliating and excruciatingly painful death process because of mercy and love. He gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice, the only acceptable and sufficient sacrifice for us.
Jesus takes our sin on Himself. In exchange, He gives us His perfect righteousness and His Spirit, creating a new creation with His perfection within. We as individual persons all need this merciful exchange worked within us. We are all sinners; we all miss the mark. We all fall short of the perfect righteousness required as to be in the presence of such a Holy, pure God. We must be covered and credited with the perfection of Jesus: His righteousness, His obedience, His faith, His love. We have absolutely no righteousness, obedience, faith, or love of our own to offer.
We must allow the infinitely powerful yet very gentle Spirit of God to draw us to this working of the merciful exchange for and within us. God (Father, Son, Spirit) is good, merciful, gracious, and loving beyond our best thoughts of Him. Trust God that he wants to save whomever will come to Him. He desires all to be saved and come to know His mercy and love. (1st Timothy 2:4)
Will you trust this good and all powerful God of the universe? Please reject and turn away from your own corrupted, and damaged thought processes. Trust the enlightening and illuminating Spirit of God to change your thought processes into those receptive of this most eminent gift.
You may be hesitant to give up control of your life. To find new life and escape eternal destruction, you have to dive or allow yourself to fall into His mercy and care. You will have to say to yourself “if I perish, I perish, Jesus is my only hope.” He will save the needy, poor, and desperate who cry out and continue to cry out to him. I hope that as we think about His goodness and graciousness together, you will dive into His infinite ocean of mercy and love. I am confident you will come to experience His love if you persistently seek Him.
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