Revelation 18:4 “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;”


God is a merciful God. Even in then end when He is about to pummel Babylon He calls out those who He desires to spare. What mercy! What grace!

Can you think of some times in your life when God spared you from the wrath you deserved? Without naming specifics, I could list a whole bunch of times when God could have legitimately struck me dead. I deserved nothing except punishment. But He, in His loving kindness, extended grace and mercy.

Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t get away with anything. Many of those instances left me with scars, some of which I still bear. But those scars prove to remind me of just how great a God I have.


Don’t we, as parents, do the same for our children if we see them headed into trouble? Don’t we call them out of that danger? At least we try to, right? We don’t want to see them go through the same struggles we did at their age. We have “been there, done that.” Unfortunately, sometimes our children will not heed our warnings and jump right into the fire.

So, what do you do when they are warned and deliberately remain in that “Babylon”? You love them anyway. You continually reach out to them to give godly advice, but you love them unconditionally. They have to learn on their own that there are consequences for sin. As hard as that is for us as parents, all we can do is love and guide them.

Will you today thank Him for sparing you when He could have “zapped” you? Will you look at your scars as reminders of grace?


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