I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
If you are worrying that you might not make it in 2018 because you have baggage from the past, let me tell you, at the risk of being offensive, that you haven’t yet understood the right gospel, and you haven’t been able to enjoy the security of knowing and walking in the love He has for you.
The true gospel is such good news that you can hardly believe it. When you see how good God is, you will fall in love with Him. Maybe you cannot fall in love with Jesus Christ because you only know the God of demands. You don’t fall in love with people who use you; you will only fall in love with people who are gracious to you.
Most Christians are still trying to work for their blessing, But, some of us have understood that the true gospel is a gospel of no merit. Our plan is to get in on the righteousness of Jesus Christ of Nazareth; If we try to get in on the basis of what we did, we won’t make it for sure! There is a curse that comes with the false gospel: we are empowered to fail because we are hearing a gospel of performance.
When you think that God will bless you based on who you are and what you have done, you get so disillusioned when you see God doing something for someone else who has done less. In your mind, you deserve more. You stayed in your marriage and now you are depressed that God would use the one who got a divorce. Instead of loving Him, now you are upset with Him.
If you have heard a perverted gospel, it isn’t good news at all. It isn’t a real gospel. It has never been God’s desire to relate to human beings based on rules. Christianity is a love relationship.
In the law God was requiring something of spiritually bankrupt people. People who couldn’t pay were asked to pay so that they would see that they needed a Savior. In the gospel He supplies: He supplied a Lamb for Himself, He gives seed to the sower, you will forgive because you have been forgiven, and you will be able to love because HE first loved us.
Meditate on the true gospel today and let yourself fall in love with the King of kings. He will always be gracious to you!
Heavenly Father, thank you for your incredible grace towards me in the gospel of your Son, Jesus. Thank you that you are always gracious, always supplying and never demanding things I cannot give.
Thank you that you are better to me than I would be to myself. Thank you for loving me first so that I can love you back. I love you, Lord, because you first loved me. Thank you, Lord!