Vengeful, Yet Merciful
Ptr. Paul Herrera of Victory Caloocan conducted a survey in his Facebook account with the question: “What is the first word you think of when you think of God? Why?” And all the answers are all positive characters of God like healer, provider, creator, protector, etc. With that characteristics, we really want to have favor in Him. For example, if we are tempted and in the brink of doing it, we always say that “Okay lang, patatawarin naman ako ni God, eh.”
But, have you ever known the other side of God? I believe that you will be shocked when you learn about it.
Here’s the other side of God that we don’t know:
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.
– Nahum 1:2
I don’t know about you, but when I heard it a while ago, I was totally shocked. Yes, it is written in the Bible that God is a VENGEFUL God. And who are His enemies? It is not Satan, but, WE ARE GOD’S ENEMIES. Why? Because of SIN.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
– Romans 3:24
We are all sinners. No exemption, even the nicest and the most religious person here on earth are sinners. And what is the penalty of sin?
For the wages of sin is death…
– Romans 6:23
And what is death? It’s HELL. And all of us deserve to go to hell.
Are there still hope?
Yes. You know what, God is also a merciful God. We all deserve to go to hell, but God gave His one and only Son to experience Hell for all of us by being beaten so much, humiliating Him, and lastly, dying in the most shameful way during that time: CRUCIFIXION.
Now, we all know that God is a vengeful, yet, a merciful God because He gave us what we don’t deserve: His mercy and grace. Forgiveness and salvation – that’s what God has given for all of us through His Son, Jesus.
So next time when we are being tempted once again, go back on what happen two thousand years ago: God giving His one and only son Jesus to feel what we deserve to feel by dying on the cross to save us from all our sins.
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
– Romans 3:25-26