Google+ 06/14/14 The Wrath of God is Real!

1 Peter 1:16-18

 

For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites.

He will judge or reward you according to what you do.

So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.”

For you know that God paid a ransom

To save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors.

And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.

 

As we conclude our six-part devotion series entitled, "Is That What It Means to be a Father?" we listen as Peter explains how our Heavenly Father looks at each of us.  God plays no favorites in loving each of us.  He offers His love, unconditionally, to all of us.  We choose whether we want to be holy and accept it.  Peter says we should live in reverent fear of our Heavenly Father.  To many of us, that may sound very wrong.  The key word in this Scripture is "reverent."  If we understand who God is in our lives, we will have both respect and reverent fear for Him.  Our God is the Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega.  We can do nothing without Him.  If we choose to disobey God, we will eventually pay the consequences of our bad choices.  God paid a ransom for our souls.  It was His Son Jesus Christ.  God really sacrificed.  As the Scripture explains, it was not mere gold and silver that He sacrificed.  There are things that God expects us to do.  We are to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and body.  We are to love our neighbors as ourselves.  We are to embrace and accept His sacrifice in the form of His Son Jesus Christ.  We should do all of these out of respect for our Heavenly Father.  Jesus told us that we should honor our earthly fathers and mothers.  It was always assumed by Jesus that this would be the case, following our honoring of our Heavenly Father.  If we maintain our respect and reverent fear of God, He will honor that commitment and always be with us.  We would be wise to embrace and believe the alternative to God loving each of us if we don't obey.  "The Wrath of God is Real!"