Every sermon I preach and gospel conversation that I have, my hope is that what is communicated would bring us to realize that what we have in front of us is something that we cannot attain in our strength. We cannot live the life that God has called us to live. Our situation is hopeless within ourselves. We must throw ourselves on the mercy and grace of a loving father who gives both beyond measure.
We are really good at trying. Even when we come to the realization that we cannot do what we have been called to and throw ourselves on the grace and mercy of God today, the likelihood is that we will try again tomorrow in our own strength. But the gospel is patient with us. When you think about loving and valuing people … Jesus and His gospel are patient with you and your failure. This is really good news.
It is really good news because to value people the way Jesus did is a challenge that is unattainable in our own strength and that challenge should drive us to ask God for mercy when we fail and grace to do what He is calling us to do.
As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
God is steadfast, faithful and preserving. He does not restrain his mercy from us.
The fact is that we are called by scripture to love people the way that Jesus loved people and gave Himself up for them and we fail with disturbing frequency.