Grace For A Evil Man (I Kings 21; I Thessalonians 4)

“Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me?  Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his sons days I will bring the disaster upon his house,” I Kings 21:29

Is it really realistic to ask God to forgive an evil man?  I possessed a similar question to my family during devotions last week.  Here was the question, “What would you do to a person who would do you the way Ahab did the people of God?”  There were a variety of responses, however the best was a response of a question, “Are you asking how I would respond or how God would have me respond?”

This morning we find ourselves engaged an account of wicked people.  Their sins are clearly outlined by God.  They were an evil dynamic duo.  Here were the roles these two people played:

Jezebel (wife) was the instigator of most of their evil deeds

Ahab (Husband) was the implementor of these evil deeds

Together they incited more evil than any other leaders in the history of the world.  But when Ahab humbled himself before God.  God gave this evil man grace!!!

Think it through:

1.  Is it humanly possible to give grace to evil people?

2.  What has to happen before grace is possible?

The answers we need:

The only way we can give grace is if we are possessors of God’s grace in our lives (Eph. 2:3-4).

Jesus had to go to the cross so that grace could be possible (I Peter 3:18).

Taking it out for a spin:

Who in your life and in my life needs grace?  Have we taken the place of God in offering grace to some and not offering grace to others?  My challenge for you is to grasp a deeper understanding of grace and then give grace as you have been given grace.  Even evil Ahab came to understand a measure of grace!!!

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