Guilt doesn’t produce love; only Grace does that

“Do you think God gets mad at you?  Can you picture him saying, ‘You’re really in trouble now!’?  Do you think he’s a demanding, impatient, angry Father just waiting for an opportunity to punish you?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, you need the comfort that only the gospel can bring….

We all know what it’s like to live with– and break–laws and rules.  My mom told me when to be home and how to make my bed.  The government tells me how fast to drive.  Books tell me how to communicate with my husband and how to raise my children.  And of course, the Bible tells all of us what God commands.  We live in a world governed by laws.  The Bible tells us that God’s law is good, but we have a problem with it.  Even as Christians we don’t obey it perfectly, and so day after day we live with guilt and fear of punishment.

Here’s a gospel truth that is just astounding and meant to comfort your guilty burdened soul: because Jesus Christ perfectly obeyed every facet of the law in your place and then died bearing all the guilt and wrath that was rightfully yours, you are no longer obligated to obey the law as a way to avoid his wrath.  God has already poured out every drop of his wrath on his Son in your place.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Comforts for the Cross

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