“For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit…” -1 Peter 3:17-18
Have you ever suffered for doing something good and then have somebody fuss at you or curse at you or complain about you, and you’ve made this comment: “I don’t deserve this”? Have you ever felt like you don’t deserve certain suffering? We deserve so much more.
We sing, “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned unclean.”
-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon “Vindicated in Suffering” from 1 Peter 3:18-4:1)
“For Thy mercy is great above the heavens: and Thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.” -Psalm 108:4
Mercy is not getting what we deserve. God doesn’t have to show mercy, but He does. That shows the goodness of God!
-Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Evening Sermon from Hebrews 7:20-28 “Mercy“)
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Sunday Morning| Pastor Steve Wainright | The Sweet Fellowship of the Saints | Philippians 4:21-23
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” -Philippians 4:23
You need unmerited favor every day. We need the grace of God and we need to extend that grace to others. They don’t deserve it, but neither did I.
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“But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” -Galatians 3:22
The covenant of the law has a different function from the covenant of the promise. The law shows we are lawbreakers who deserve the wrath of God. The law was given so that we might look to Christ.
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“Though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” -1 Timothy 1:13-14
Paul was thankful that he didn’t get what he deserved: Hell. When you realize you’re not getting what you deserve, you can appreciate what you’ve been given.
“For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. -2 Corinthians 5:21
“The gospel of grace – God’s blessings in Christ toward those who deserve His curse.” -Jerry Bridges, via Steve Camp’s Twitter
“We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19
If we come to Christ God drew us, which none of us deserves. If we don’t, God did not draw us, which all of us deserve. –John Piper via Facebook
Pardon and Forgiveness
“He will not always chide: neither will He keep his anger for ever.” -Psalm 103:9
He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor, erring children as we are. His chiding is very painful to those who are true, because they feel how sadly they deserve it and how wrong it is on their part to grieve Him. We know what this chiding means, and we bow before the Lord, mourning that we should cause Him to be angry with us.
But what a comfort we find in these lines! “Not always” will He chide. If we repent and turn to Him with hearts broken for sin and broken from sin, He will smile upon us at once. It is no pleasure to Him to turn a frowning face toward those whom He loves with all His heart: it is His joy that our joy should be full.
Come, let us seek His face. There is no reason for despair, nor even for despondency. Let us love a chiding God, and before long we shall sing, “Thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me.” Be gone, ye dark forebodings, ye ravens of the soul! Come in, ye humble hopes and grateful memories, ye doves of the heart! He who pardoned us long ago as a judge will again forgive us as a father, and we shall rejoice in His sweet, unchanging love.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, November 24 entry]