People say that God is Love, and that is true. Without God’s love, or his grace, or his mercy none of us would be here today. It is because of God’s love for us that he sent his son to die on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins and be resurrected three days later, thus winning the battle over death.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. -John 3:16
That option of eternal life is open to everyone who has ever been created by God. God gives us the choice to follow him. He allows us to make that choice ourselves because if He were to make it for us then we would end up being robots and only loving God because he commands us to and not because we want to. God knows that in order for a real relationship to work both people in it should love each other because they want to, and that’s how it is with God.
To believe in Jesus is to walk (to the best of ones ability) in the way that He has set out for us. This means a turning away from our old sinful nature and allowing Christ to take over control of our lives. This in itself is no easy task because we are born into sin whether we like it or not as a consequence of the sin of the first man and woman, when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil after God clearly told them not to. From that moment fourth God has been on a plan of salvation available to the entire human race who would then be born in sin because of the actions of Adam and Eve.
The next question that comes to mind is: if God is loving and all powerful he must be ok with sin since He allows it?
The short answer is no, but because we live in a pluralistic society where anything seems to go these days some explaining must be done. Yes God is loving and all powerful but God and sin cannot coexist. Some will say, if God is all powerful or omnipotent, shouldn’t he be able to put up with sin anyway?
Imagine you have a nice cold glass of water…
Now imagine someone came along and very callously PEED in your nice cold glass of water.
|For the record, this is Apple Juice…but it gets the point across.|
…Would you want that glass of water? It can’t be that bad it’s just a little pee for crying out loud!
The truth is, you wouldn’t touch that glass of water until it had been filtered clean again.
This is an example about hwo God feels about our sin. Sin makes us less than He planned for us to be. However, because of God’s love for us and His omnipotence, God sent his only son to pay the price for our sins (which is death) so that we wouldn’t have to and we could be clean again and be able to have a relationship with God as He originally intended.