God knew that man would fall even before He formed him from the dust of the ground. He only had to wait for Satan, the father of lies and evil, to tempt Eve to sin against the commands that God had set down.
And right after that first sinful act, God, in His mercy, set out to walk in the garden in the cool of the day, seeking out Adam and Eve to offer them His grace.
Oh! That people would see and understand the depths of love God has for them!
Throughout the Bible there are stories of His love, His mercy, His grace.
Yes. There is also evidence of His righteous judgment on sinful mankind. But He is our Creator, Holy and Perfect. And He requires us to be holy as He is holy.
But how can we do that when we are but finite, mortal, sinful flesh? We cannot enter His presence in our filthy rags of sin.
How can we, then, acquire the forgiveness and clean, spotless linen required to enter His Holy sanctuary?
It is only by accepting His loving offer of forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ.
You see, He loved each of us so much He chose to send His Only Son to take the penalty of our sin on Himself. And in those hours of suffering, as Jesus bled and hung dying, God poured out His wrath and judgment onto His Precious Son, so that we would not have to suffer that penalty.
And, because He is not a cruel despot, but a loving, patient God, He gave each of us the choice of accepting that forgiveness. We can accept it or refuse it. Our choice.
But one must also understand that our choice has eternal consequences. By choosing to accept Jesus as our Savior, we are choosing to spend eternity in Heaven in His presence.
By refusing it, we are choosing to spend our eternity in Hell, away from His presence.
Our eternal future. Our choice. Our responsibility. And the offer is only good during this lifetime. After this life is over, it will be too late.
So, how about you? Will you choose to accept His forgiveness and offer of salvation? He loves you and is waiting for you with open arms.
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2019