Sunday, September 30, 2007

God's Not Mad At You!

God is not mad at you.

What thoughts come into your mind when you hear these words? You may say, "I know that He is not mad at me". But do you really believe that?

Do you truly believe that God is not angry with you?Do you believe that God loves you no matter what you do or what you say?

If we were to be brutally honest with ourselves, many Christians and even unbelievers think that God is mad at them.Why?Because the Church has made them believe this. How has it happened? It has happened by the way the Church presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let me explain. Some time back there was a young man by the name of Matthew Shepherd. This young man was murdered simply because he was gay. At the trial of the two murders, there was a so-called "preacher" there carrying signs that stated, "God hates fags." The news media was drawn to this man and interviewed him several times. When the so-called preacher spoke, he was angry and stated that God hates the homosexual.

I know what the Bible says about sexual sin, but this does not mean that God hates or is mad at anyone!

Does God judge sin -YES! Is he mad at or does he hate you - NO!

God does not hate you, nor is He mad at you any more than you hate your children because you have to discipline them. God is not some old man in heaven who is "ticked off" at you, waiting for you to mess up so He can hit you in the head with His Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
St. Paul states in II Corinthians 5 that God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to himself not counting men's sins against them but giving them the word of reconciliation.What does all this mean?It means Good News.

This is the Gospel.

When Jesus came into this world and began to preach, He was telling us that God wanted to have a relationship with us. He even called God "Father," something which was not done during that time. In fact, the Jewish people would not even mention the name of God because it was so holy. But Jesus says He wants reconciliation. For this to happen Jesus had to shed his own blood and become the perfect and last sacrifice for the sins of man. In so doing, Jesus provided a way that man and God could be reconciled.

Let me ask you a question.Do you believe that Jesus would go through all he did during the events that led up to the crucifixion, the crucifixion itself, and His death to be mad at you?
The purpose of these events was to bring man and God back together. If He went through all the pain and suffering only to be mad at us, it would be craziness.

So, hear the Good News today. God is not mad at you. He loves you and has made the way that you can be brought back into right relationship with Him.

Simply ask for His forgiveness and He will forgive you.

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