In the church, if you only pursue peace, it will lead you to lawlessness. If you only pursue holiness, it will lead you to legalism. Lawlessness will result in iniquity. Legalism will generate inequity. Lawlessness and legalism: two extremely dangerous ditches…
If Jesus only followed peace, He would preserve us in sin! If He only followed holiness, He would destroy us in sin! But He followed both peace and holiness, and thus He saves us from sin!!! He became human in order to reconcile us to God. Not because He was angry with us, but because we were angry with Him. This reconciliation is the foundation of our holiness. Without it, holiness is nothing but a chimera, an illusion and a delusion.“Pursue peace and holiness…” In other words, be human and holy as an ambassador of Christ.
There is a story in the Old Testament where people were bitten by fierce serpents and were dying… God asked Moses to make a bronze serpent… and those who looked up to it in faith did not die…! Jesus Christ, the bronze serpent, can gather all the bitterness of sin! “For He made Him who knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Ellen White says that Jesus’ humanity shrank from the cup of bitterness, and yet, He drank it all… This is love! This is the sweet miracle of grace!God is love (1 John 4:8) and the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, sweet LOVE!
Ellen Whitesaid: Love is a plant of heavenly growth, and it must be fostered and nourished.” (Adventist Home, 50) By God’s grace, you can be that plant!
Jesus can make you a recipient of His sweet love. He can make you an ambassador of His glorious, glimmering Kingdom, where there willbe no more bitterness, only sweetness!