The Crown: Grace

The book of revelation is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. Not only because of how it demonstrates how Jesus is worthy of our praise and worship, but also because it explains God’s grace.

It explains how in the very last days of the earth as we know it, God is going to be sending down plagues to try to get wicked people to turn to him and be saved. In the very last days God will rain down judgment, not for the purpose of harming people, but rather so they might turn to him for help so they can be saved. Some will turn to God during the plagues. God does everything for a reason.

Christians will already be gone from the earth in these times. Some of the people left are so wicked they won’t turn to God when suffering from terrible plagues. The plagues will be so bad they will seek death and not find it (Revelation 9:6). Of course some of them will, which as I mentioned, is the purpose of the judgment.

The book of Revelation gives us revelation of how great God’s grace is. He is a loving and merciful father. No matter what evil people do in the last days, God still wants them to be adopted into his family through His son Jesus Christ. Too bad there are many people who aren’t merciful.

I have noticed lately how judgmental and critical some people have been towards others. The problem is we may not know why that person behaved the way they did. We don’t always know what they have been through to influence their sinful actions. Maybe we should be like our father and extend mercy to others.

It’s not easy to be contrary to our nature. We naturally want to punish people and comdemn them. Naturally we want to see them be ostracized and pay for what they did.

But Jesus said to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…” (Matthew 5:44-45). God wants us to be slow to anger (James 1:19). Rather than punishing people we need to allow God to be God. We take burden off of ourselves when we allow God to be the judge.

Although we may need God’s strength to do it, we need to extend the grace God gives to us and pray for people. Our reward will be great. Jesus said “to him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My father on His throne” (Revelation 4:7). God in Jesus name please give us the strength to extend your mercy and grace. We love you and want to overcome and sit on your throne with you, and we want to help make that happen for someone else. Praise you Lord!

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