TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, April 06, 2018:
Strong, stern or fierce anger; rage; vengeance; deeply resentful; punishment; extreme displeasure.
Because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgement will be revealed. God will give to each person according to what he has done.
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe in the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
John the Baptist used the word wrath in Matthew 3:7 when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to see him as he was preaching and baptizing. John the Baptist called them a “generation of vipers” and asked them “who warned them to flee from the wrath to come?”
The “wrath of God” that John the Baptist is talking about is the wrath of God toward sin. People like their concept of God to be a God of love, kindness, and peace. The wrath of God is seldom talked about. Many non-believers ask the question, “How can a God that is holy get angry and still be holy? But we need to understand that it is God’s holiness that requires Him to be a God of wrath. God cannot tolerate sin and be holy.
Those who will experience the wrath of God on judgement day will have no one to blame but themselves. Because of the stubbornness of their heart they have chosen not to repent of their sins. The more one refuses to repent and to continue to sin the more they are storing up wrath for themselves.
God hates sin and therefore must condemn it and judge it. It is because God is a God of love that He has provided for all of us a way of escape from the wrath of His judgment through His gift of salvation that He provided through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross for all of our sins. Yes, God is a God of love and kindness and is so patient with the ungodly and the wicked that He gives them every opportunity to repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
The words in the verse we have put above from John gives us an insight into what the reality is of God’s wrath. In this passage, John tells us that all who do not believe in the Son of God will experience the wrath of God and will not spend eternity with God but will spend eternity in hell.
There is a difference between the wrath of God and human wrath. Our wrath seems to always be vindictive. God’s wrath is righteous and tempered by mercy. God does not want anyone to die. Many people today say that life is unfair and they blame God. Nevertheless, the wrath of God is real, but in His mercy, He has made it possible for us to escape. We only need to accept Jesus as our Savior in order to escape the wrath of God and spend eternity with God in heaven. It is our choice.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Mark 16:15.
And He said unto them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Dear Lord, bring me to repentance from all my sins so that I can escape from Your wrath and receive the gift of eternal life that You have made possible for me to receive through the shed blood of Your Only Son on the cross at Calvary.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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