Psalm 145:8-9

“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” (Psalm 145:8-9). Our view of God’s grace can be that He tolerates sin and sinners, that He overlooks rebellion and that He just loves everybody right where they are and as they are. So, grace means that God has the enormous capacity and self-control not to get angry when He should. This is actually a great lie about the nature of God. It leads to Christians making hopeless attempts to love and accept people, and to ‘look for the good in them’. God’s grace means that rather than tolerate or accept sin or sinners He actually deals with sin fully in the body of Christ. God in His holiness pronounced that all sin is worthy of judgement and death and He brought that judgement fully at the cross. To say that God in His love overlooks sin is to belittle the cross. God in His holiness could not simply ‘clean the slate’. His holiness demanded that sin be punished fully. Through faith in Christ we receive the blessing of grace: our sins haven’t just been forgiven but dealt with forever. So we can look at other people and know, yes they are sinners and we should expect that – but God has dealt with their sin too.