The thought of someone we don’t like going to Hell should never make us happy. We are supposed to see through the eyes of Jesus and he sees everyone as worth saving. Yet, while we live in the flesh, we will constantly do what Paul spoke of in Romans 7.
The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Romans 7:14b-15, 18-19, 21-24 (NLT)
Does that mean it’s okay if we don’t care because that’s our nature? Paul has an answer to that as well, almost as if he knew it would cross our minds…
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? Romans 6:1-2, 15-16 (NLT)
God’s amazing grace offers a way out of a life of sin and into eternal life, which is far beyond and above what we would do in His place. I imagine Hell would fill quickly if we were in charge. The bad news is, we would be there, too. And if God’s grace is not enough, His patience is just as extraordinary.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
How can you not love Him? And if you love Him as you should, how can you not be patient? If we love God above all things, we would put His desires far beyond our own. That certainly makes you think. Remember Jesus in the garden; He put the Father’s desire, not only before His own desires but before even His life which He gave in obedience to the Father’s will.
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Juke 22:42 (NLT)
Begging for His life, yet willing to face death because of God’s will, not His will, because the will of Jesus was to be spared the coming humiliation, and ultimately painful tortuous death on a Roman cross, and not for His own sins, because He had none, but for ours.
But the will of the Father had been set in motion from the beginning of time and had to be fulfilled for God’s ultimate plan to succeed. God knew it before man was created, and I venture to say that Jesus did as well, since the Bible suggests that He, along with God the Father, was an instrument of creation, of which this plan of salvation was always the goal.
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Luke22:42 (NLT)
Christ gave His life to keep everyone out of Hell – everyone. Not just you and the people you think are worth saving; no one has merited salvation and that is why grace is so amazing. .
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
God does the saving to whom He pleases and who are we to question His judgment? That is certainly a slippery slope and a place we’d best stay away from.
No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NIV)