The Upward Look
by Max D. Hutto,
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,” Ephesians 2:4 NASB
Two great words, “But God,” mark the transition from the previous verses of gloom and despair to hope for all people. Without Christ every person is dead in their trespasses and sins and under God’s judgment and wrath. While sin made it impossible for a person to appease God’s wrath, God chose to act. Motivated by His great love, the merciful God chose to provide a propitiation, a substitute to take our punishment. God acted by placing the wrath that we deserved on Jesus, the perfect sacrifice.
Lord God, even when I was condemned in my sin, You loved me and had mercy on me. I humbly bow in gratitude for Your merciful action.
March 19, 2021 - © Copyright 2021, Max D. Hutto.
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