I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. – Zechariah 12:10
Even though the people of Israel have historically denied Jesus Christ, their Messiah, God still loves them! Chesed, God’s “longsuffering, covenantal love” is not limited by man’s response, because it is secured by an eternal, all-powerful commitment. For this, all the redeemed should be extremely thankful.
You see, God also loves us in spite of our disobedience! We don’t deserve His love any more than Israel, but this is why God’s grace is so essential. We are only saved through His covenant of grace, sealed by the blood of His Son. A grace that is sufficient even in those times when we are not truly loving .the one who extends it.
By grace we are saved and by grace we are kept; all through faith (which is the gift of God) and not by works. An enduring truth that is very good for us all.
Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are. – Phillips Brooks
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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