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May 5, 2015

Proclaiming Christ by Sharing the Heart of God

by Dave Malnes

“Nothing you do can make God love you more. Nothing you do can make God love you less.”

“God is the initiator of full forgiveness. He desires a relationship with us that is reconciled and restored.”

These words convey the heart of God. It is a message that registers for people who are seeking His forgiveness, His love, and His grace.

People seem to be waiting for an invitation to discover God’s heart rather than seek it on their own. People seem to be too busy, too disheartened, or too untrusting. Rather than go to church to seek answers, perhaps God is calling on believers to bring the church to people’s doors. Lost sheep are meant to be found. They rarely find the flock on their own.

The Lord provides opportunities to share the gospel especially when we knock on their doors. I have used the following message and illustration to draw people to Christ. It starts by discovering the heart of God.

“The best way to understand God’s forgiveness is to consider it a miracle. It is a divine invitation to have deep peace. God doesn’t want you to be anxious! Instead, he wants you to be all settled down in your soul.

scorpion-tapeThere was a woman who was reading a book by a river when she noticed that the river was rising, and a scorpion was trapped in the rocks. It was surely going to drown within minutes.

So the woman reached down to free the scorpion – but it lashed out at her viciously with its tail. Startled, she backed up for a second. Then she reached down to free the scorpion a few more times. But each time, the scorpion fiercely struck back.

A passing jogger saw what was going on and stopped to ask the woman, “What are you doing? Don’t you know that’s a scorpion? They sting!”

But the woman gently responded, “Yes, I know that is a scorpion. And I know that it stings. But just because a scorpion has a tendency to sting, must I change my tendency to save?”

bible-heartThat’s the heart of God. A tendency – even a passion – to save.

God is the initiator of full forgiveness. He desires a relationship with us that is reconciled and restored. He does all he can in order to save – even when all we are doing is stinging him. Nothing you do can make God love you more. Nothing you do can make God love you less. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this – while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Jesus saw us sinning and stinging God and others, and that is when He died for us. He didn’t have to. He wanted to. Nothing we do could ever change God’s passion to save. The end result of his perfect work is this – God formally acquits people of their sins because of Jesus’ completed payment of their debt. In Jesus, God wants all people to know that he pronounces a verdict right now – even before Judgment Day arrives! “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

“No condemnation” means God will never leave you alone or give you a cold shoulder. He will never reject you. He will never pile guilt upon you. There’s no condemnation for your sins – not now. Not ever. Deep peace comes from knowing this – I am already declared worthy in Christ, and on Judgement Day will be invited to live eternally with God.

forgivenWhere do you stand with God?

Take God at His Word. Trust His eternal promise of the full forgiveness of sins. God doesn’t just say, “Believe, and you will be forgiven.” He also says, “I have forgiven you! Believe!”

That is why his message to you is “Forgiven!”

It’s not just for everyone else. It’s for you. Believe this eternal promise and experience a life of joy and peace.”

Find out how a church in Nampa, Idaho used this message in their outreach campaign.

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