Sunday, October 09, 2016

Acts 13:7 (KJV) Confrontational Grace

Acts 13:17 (KJV)
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
Here is a statement of grace in the midst of a bold and confrontational message. The Apostle clearly calls them into account for crucifying Jesus and urges them to repent of the same. Yet here he steps back a moment to identify with them as brethren and to assure them that he knew they did what they did in ignorance.
In the most confrontational of meetings it is wise to make some honest yet disarming statement. There is no reason to send flaming bolts from heaven unless they come of God’s own volition.
Peter’s statement reveals his heart. He doesn’t condemn them but earnestly loves them and longs for their souls to be saved.
It would be best if, in our most heated moments, the same could be said of us.
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Acts 13:7 (KJV) Confrontational Grace

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