“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Romans 9:15-16).
God usually shows man His loving kindness by extending His mercy to man. When God wants to show a man His compassion, it comes in the form of mercy. God’s love speaks mercy. God’s judgement speaks condemnation and it is just and righteous because judgement is premised on how righteous a man is with regards to the law, but mercy is an extention of grace and love for man.
The only one that determines who gets His love is God himself. It is not of him that wills, neither is it of him that runs but the decision is of God that shows mercy. The mercy of God is not limited to the saved ones alone, it also can extend to the unsaved and that’s why we also must be careful to extend a hand of love to the unsaved rather than talk them into condemnation. Jacob never did anything to earn God’s love, neither did Esau do anything to earn God’s hatred. God took His decision in righteousness right before they were given birth to
“(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)” (Romans 9:11).
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.” (Romans 9:13-14).
It is important therefore that we accept God’s love and live our lives by in His love. We must also be generous enough to be compassionate about the people who have not received salvation, show them the love of God. No one was deserving of that love in the first place, yet God chose YOU as His instrument of love and reconciliation. Christ has not only reconciled you back to God, He also wants you to continue the work of reconciliation and no man reconciles by fighting with or harrasing the people with a false self acclaimed righteousness. Reconcilation is built of love. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Show some love. God is love.
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