Wrath or Mercy

I’ve heard number of comments lately that we should not assume everyone in our congregations, our groups, our friends and family are saved. Probably not all readers of this blog know the Lord.

One famous caution is D.L. Moody preaching just before the great Chicago fire. At the end of the service, he asked his congregation to think about Christ during the coming week and be ready to make a decision the following Sunday. During the closing hymn, the sound of fire alarms and fire trucks broke in. Many members of the church died.

For the rest of his life, Mood regretted not pressing for a decision right then, and never again suggested someone take time to think about it.

And we need to think also. We all face wrath or mercy.

Judgment is Coming

It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

The essential decision for each and every person is to be ready to face Almighty God.

Have you honestly looked at your life, and been honest with God about your sin (which means confession)? PLEASE repent of your sin and turn to Jesus Christ in belief and trust.

Wrath

If a person choses to reject God and fails to believe in Jesus Christ, he has been judged already (John 3:18).

If a person isn’t written into Christ’s book of life, there is nothing left except the terrifying certainty of eternal torment in the everlasting fire (Hebrews 10:27, Revelation 20:15).

PLEASE! Now is the day of salvation! PLEASE don’t harden your heart (2 Corinthians 6:2, Hebrews 4:7).

See Becoming a Child of God.

Mercy

However, the awesome good news is that Almighty God sent Jesus Christ to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10).

For those who believe, they will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

For those who have received Christ as Lord and Savior, there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1), and no separation from the love of God (Romans 8:39)!

In this life, believers learn more and more about God’s love, mercy, and power. It is a breathtaking journey.

PLEASE!

Please, if you haven’t yet turned to Christ, make today the day. Please repent and believe. Please don’t perish.

And if you are in Christ’s book of life, rejoice. Continue to seek Him, growing in th grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)