A Note from Our Pastor:
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us”Ephesians 2:4
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
The shortest of phrases in the scriptures pack incredible meaning. Lord Help. Pray Continually. My Grace. Rejoice. It Is Finished.
“But God” belongs in that same category. In verses two and three the Apostle tells us the state we were in of our own nature, but in verse four he says, “But God.” Not that we held the power to change it, but God did. Not that we deserved anything different, but God did. Not that we could have convinced God of our goodness, but God did.
Thank God we are not left in the shape we were in as the Apostle recorded in verses two and three because God is rich in mercy. If we only received a small particle of mercy from God it would be more than we deserve, and yet instead we receive abounding mounds of mercy in our lives.
The whole idea begs the question of why would God give mercy unto a people that did not love Him on their own? As much as we may deny it, most of mankind is not good at giving love where love is not returned. We claim to love unconditionally but that is just a false pretense we put forth. Our love is shaped by the way it is received.
But God, here it is again, does not love the way we love. God loved us with a perfect love when we were yet unlovable and unable to love. The scriptures set it forth truly that we love God because he first loved us. But the reality is also, that God’s love is richer than any love we can return. Because of that, his mercy flows to us and changes our very nature.
Thank God, we have been changed because of “But God” from children of wrath to children of love and recipients of the abounding mercy of God.
Our Prayers are with you daily,