No news is good news?

LIFELINES

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 10/20/17

“No news is good news.”

This is not a recent saying. A slight variation on it dates back to at least the reign of England’s King James I, who in 1615 wrote to one of his ministers and asked …

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No news is good news?

LIFELINES

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“No news is good news.”

This is not a recent saying. A slight variation on it dates back to at least the reign of England’s King James I, who in 1615 wrote to one of his ministers and asked him not to write back unless he had a favorable answer, advising him that “no news is better than evil news.”

But we can be sure that good news is only as good as the bad news is bad. For example, a debt of $2 paid by a benefactor is not all that great. But if you had indebtedness of thousands (bad news), and someone paid it off, you would call that “good news” indeed.

Man has the greatest indebtedness. The sin in his life and the results of it creates the bad news.

But Christ brings us the good news. Through his death and resurrection, every debt is paid and the debtor receives life eternal.

We can’t afford to give people the bad news without following it with the good news. How cruel it would be to serve up condemnation to the world and not offer God’s solution.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV).

The hope that God gives is not cheap. It was bought with a great price. There’s no such thing as “cheap grace.”

In the book, “Be Real,” by Warren W. Wiersbe, he tells of a student who came to his college chaplain to confess. “I went out and sinned,” he began, “because I knew I could come back and ask God to forgive me.”

“On what basis can God forgive you?” the chaplain asked, pointing to 1 John 1:9.

“God is faithful and just,” the young man replied.

“Those two words should have kept you out of sin,” the chaplain said. “Do you know what it cost God to forgive your sins?”

The student hung his head. “Jesus had to die for me.”

Then the chaplain zeroed in. “That’s right. Forgiveness isn’t some cheap sideshow trick God performs. God is faithful to His promise, and God is just, because Christ died for your sins and paid the penalty for you. Now, the next time you plan to sin, remember you are going to sin against a faithful living God!”

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