“And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved” (Romans 11:6, NLT).
Every now and then the family of a murder victim makes news by forgiving the perpetrator. We marvel at their magnanimity and wonder how it’s possible they can give up the desire for revenge. It just doesn’t seem normal. And it isn’t—it’s godly.
From our point of view, it seems natural that God would have every right to punish us severely for breaking his laws and turning against him. Many believe he is anxious to do just that. He did set in motion the law of consequences or as Newton’s third law states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” We experience pain, emotional distress and broken relationships among other things when we sin. But he is not interested in or desirous of seeing us suffer even more and for all eternity. In his love, mercy and kindness he gives us free and undeserved grace through Jesus the Son. This is good news you won’t see on TV: his grace is available to all, no matter the crime, no strings attached.