Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. Notice the kindness and harshness of God – harshness toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even they – if they do not continue in their unbelief – will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. Romans 11.21-23
God has provided a solution to our problem. Sin is our problem. Romans 1.16 states that the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, both Jew and Gentile. The gospel is for everyone. However, belief is a necessary part.
God sent his son, Jesus, to die for us, John 3.16. He did this while we were still sinners, rebellious, and weak, Romans 5.6-10. God took the initiative. He made possible a way to return to him. We just have to hear and respond in a positive way.
People want to focus only on the kindness of God and his love. There is a balancing side to his kindness that is very clear in Romans 11.21-23. God is harsh to those who have fallen into sin and do not want to repent. For those who are repentant, there is the condition that I must continue in his kindness. I must be obedient.
Is it unfair? No, for I have a choice. I can decide if I want to obey or not. If I choose not to obey, there will be consequences to that decision. However, if my choice is obedience, I will have God’s blessing and favor. What will your choice be?