Monday, July 21, 2008

The Wrath of God

Do you wish you were a better person? Are you frustrated about how far you have to go? Are you still not peaceful enough? Still not disciplined enough? Still not emotionally stable enough? Still not doing enough? Still not good enough?

Recently, I heard Elyse Fitzpatrick, from Women Helping Women Ministries, say, "For every fifteen minutes you spend thinking about how you are not good enough, spend two hours thinking about the fact that Christ was good in your place."

The Apostle Paul states it another way: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)

Elyse went on to say that because we have died (to sin) and our lives are hidden in Christ, what does God see when He looks at us?

He sees Christ. He sees a holy, sanctified daughter of God, viewed through the veil of His Son's sacrifice.

Do you ever wonder if God might be mad at you? Or irritated with you? Or disappointed in you? Or waiting for you to get it together? Or sitting up in heaven, sighing condescendingly, shaking His head in your direction? Or keeping a score card of your bad choices vs. your good choices? Or punishing you?

Listen to this.

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!" (Romans 5:8-9)

All of God's wrath was poured out on Christ. For you. When Christ died, He took the wrath of God meant for you upon Himself. You know this, right?

Get this. If God poured out all of His wrath on Christ, how much of His wrath is left?


There is no wrath left. Christ took it all. For you.

So what does God pour out on you?

Perfect love.