My pastor says that God’s glory has “teeth”. That is the most accurate description of God’s mercy/justice perfection I have ever heard. He said that last week when he was calling us to holiness, to explain more clearly that God is just at the same time as merciful.
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)
God calls us to be holy, which means sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated), and a saint. Are you holy yet? I’m not, but I certainly want to obey God and pursue holiness. I have a healthy fear of God’s “teeth” of mercy. (Justice)
We are blessed to have a pastor that doesn’t water the Word down to be a people-pleaser. I believe that many congregations are sitting under shepherds that “dumb-down” or rather “conviction-down” their sermons for fear of scaring people and their support away. Maybe the problem is a worldly epidemic of love of money or of fame, but I am pleased to say that my family is sitting under a leader who is not afraid to bring the message of God in all its mercy and truth. 100% mercy AND 100% truth.
He challenged us last week to write down a sin in our lives and pray to seek the purging of it from our lives. He also named some common ones for us in case we had trouble finding one like having a critical spirit or having a bad temper. I have definitely done that and pray that everyone accepts the challenge.
No matter how many years, days, or hours you have been following Christ, I urge you to think back to a year ago and examine where you were spiritually. Are you in the same place today? Have you grown or have you become comfortable with your sins? Does your leader call you into greater obedience to Christ or is it all about feeling good? If you are following Christ, then FOLLOW Him and allow His Holy Spirit to lead you into sanctification. I pray today that you all would follow Christ so closely that you would feel the dust from His sandals on your face.
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