God’s Mercy and Compassion

It is sad to watch our nation go from drifting away from God to now running away from God.  You see on television that the city of Detroit is putting up a statute of satan.  Planned Parenthood is selling human body parts taken from aborted children.  It is horrible!  Yet, America still exists.  This is a miracle!  God’s judgement is sure to come crashing down upon America.

People laugh and even scoff at the idea.  People live like there is no God.  There is coming a day in the not so distant future that they will scoff no longer.  It is by the mercy of God that we have not been destroyed as of yet.  Look at what king Solomon said in Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Rest assured that one day God will judge America for her sins.  I am sorry that I can be named in the list of those who have sinned against Holy God; but, I am.  Now, all we can do is beg God for forgiveness and turn away from our sin and seek Him.

So, how are you doing?

The Love of God 5

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is extravagant.  Notice he says, “that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  There have been a couple times in the recent past that my wife or I have received something free because of the “pay it forward” movement.  I like the concept and I try occasionally to do that because I have been very blessed with others helping me.

As I think about the love of God there are many words that come to mind.  One word is extravagant.  That means unrestrained, especially in regard to feelings.  When I think about how extravagant God love is there is one verse that comes to mind.  That verse is John 3:16, “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.”

That is extravagant love.  That is love that motivates.  Our love should motivate us to serve God.  Even more so His love for us should motivate us to serve Him.  Jesus gave all for us so the least we can do for Him is to give Him our all.

So, how are you doing?

 

The Love of God 3

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is exceeding.  He says, “hath no man”.   There is a saying circulating social media that says, “Only two men have died for you.  Jesus Christ and the American soldier.”  Being patriotic I like this saying.

As I was thinking about God’s great love and how His love is exceeding, I thought about David and Jonathan.  Look at what David said as he lamented in II Samuel 1:26, “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”

The love we have here on earth can be deep love; but, there is no love that is like the love of God.  God’s love far exceeds the love of any man, woman, boy or girl.  God’s love is exceeding love.

So, how are you doing?

The Love of God 2

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is extending.  the word “love” is the Greek word “agape” and it means affection or benevolence (Strong’s Concordance).

God’s love is extending to anyone and everyone and everyone.  The problem is that some reject God’s love.  There are many reason why people do this.  I think if people really understood the love God has for them they would respond differently.

I like the words of Ephesians 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”  God’s love surpasses our finite knowledge.  We cannot fully understand the love of God.  It is impossible.  One day when we receive our glorified bodies then we will understand it all.  Until then we take it by faith because we have God’s Word on it.

One day when we arrive in Heaven we will know perfectly the love of God.  We will finally understand it fully.  Until then we take Him at His Word.  He loves you supremely!

So, how are you doing?

The Love of God

I was thinking the other day about the love of God.  As I was thinking some thoughts came to me so I wrote them down.  I am going to take the next few days and share them with you.

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

I want to look at the truth that God’s love is exceptional.  The first word of our verse is “Greater”.  The word “Greater” means larger (figuratively, specially, in age).  taken from the Strong’s Concordance.

So, John is trying to tell us that God has loved us for a long time.  In eternity past God looked down through time and saw that human beings would need a Saviour.  He saw our sin problem.

As He looked at us He knew that He would have to provide that payment for our sin.  That is where Jesus steps in and goes to the cross and dies as the Sinless Lamb of God.  His sacrifice paid the debt of sin for each person who will receive Him as their Saviour.

I chose the word “exceptional” for a reason.  It means far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree, surpassing what is common, usual or expected (taken from the Word Web dictionary).  It took just exactly this.  It took someone who was sinless and perfect.  Only Jesus could pay that sin.
So, how are you doing?

The Unknown Father 7

I remember a number of years ago when our son was very sick.  I do mean very sick.  We were going through diapers almost faster then we could buy them.  It was horrible.  I remember kneeling at his bedside and praying.  I can still remember the hot tears stinging my face.  I remember crying out to God as a father to my Heavenly Father.

Suddenly, I felt like someone put their arms around me.  I cannot even begin to describe that for you.  I know it happened though.  Wow!  As I recalled that time I was reminded of “The Unknown Father”  and his loving plea.

Look at Mark 9:24, “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”  He was rocked to his very core.  His emotions had been more than stirred.  The Master was ministering where this man lived.  I can imagine how this father felt.  He was desperate.  He needed a miracle for his son.

As Jesus is talking to him, he makes this loving plea.  Notice how open and honest this man is with Jesus.  He said, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”  He is telling Jesus that he does trust Him; but, it is hard to trust Him because he has been disappointed so many times by others.  We must go to Jesus first.  Too many people try to use Jesus like a genie in a bottle.  “Lord help!” they will cry out; but, when things are all going their way they think nothing of Jesus.

This father was motivated by love and compassion for his son.  We need to get back to having Bible love and compassion for our children and others.

So, how are you doing?

The Unknown Father 4

Today is a day of the instant.  We stand in front of the microwave yelling at “Minute Rice” that it has been thirty (30) seconds already.  We want it and we want it now.  This is a sad commentary on our society.  It has crept into the Church too, unfortunately.

As we look again today at “The Unknown Father” I would like to look at his longsuffering.  This is a lost art in our world.  We want swift justice.  We want immediate revenge (or sooner).  This man shows that he is longsuffering.  What does that mean really?  It means patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble.

Look at Mark 9:18, “And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.”  Look at what he has had to endure watching is son experience, “he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away”.  Can you imagine watching this take place?  I cannot.  Although, I have.  I pray that I never have to again.

It takes a special parent to have a child like this.  I do not say this to pat myself on the back. I say this to bring awareness.  Families with children who have special needs are special families.  They are people that live being longsuffering.  You must have this attribute our you will not make it.  Far too many parents run out when the going gets tough so to speak.  I feel so sorry for them.  They miss out on so much by being absentee.

The next time your child or someone else gets on your nerves just remember that Jesus is longsuffering with you and you need to be with others also.  This is easy for me to say right now; but, it is extremely difficult in some circumstances I know.  Try it.

So, how are you doing?

The Unknown Father 3

The other evening I was watching the news (I know better) and it seemed like one news story after the other about parents who abused their child or children.  It was horrible.  I know the Bible tells us that in the last days that father’s and mother’s hearts will turn away from their children.  It was so sad.

Today I would like to look at the Unknown Father’s love.  Look at Mark 9:18, “And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.”  As I was reading this verse I could almost hear the love and emotion of The Unknown Father.

If you love someone you will serve them.  We know that from the words of Scripture.  Even more should parents love their children and serve them as Christ served others.  This loving father had watched many times as a demon caused his son to suffer with seizures.  I know from experience this is horrible.  Yet, this father loved his son so much that he stayed with him and loved him.

In our world today parents do not love their children often times like we should.  If we did the abortion rate would not skyrocket like it has.  Millions upon millions of innocent lives have been murdered at the hands of unloving parents and abortion doctors.  God forgive us please!

If you struggle with having a Christ-like love for your children then I would recommend you spend much time in prayer asking God to fill you with His love for those children.  He will if you ask.

So, how are you dong?

The Unknown Father – 1

I enjoy southern gospel music.  I remember hearing a local group doing their rendition of the song, “I Know A Man Who Can”.  I was so moved by this song.  I began to research to find it.  When I did I found that some big named groups had performed it too.  Here is the group Greater Vision singing the song.

As I pondered the truth on the song I was taken to the Word of God.  I began to dig around and I found Mark 9:17, “And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;”

Here we have a father who took his son to Jesus’ disciples for healing from a “demon”.  We believe today that this demon was causing the boy seizures.  In the Word of God is recorded many things about this man.  The one thing that is not recorded is his name.  Thus the title, “The Unknown Father”.

So many people just simply go on doing what they have to do without any accolades.  While others have a deep seated need to the applause of people.  Over the next few days I want to share with you some of the attributes of “The Unknown Father”.  I think we can all benefit from them.

So, how are you doing?

The Loving Father

I have enjoyed preaching many times from the passage that some call “The Parable of the Prodigal Son”.  I prefer to call it “The Parable of the Lost Son”.  Anyway, there is so much in this parable that it is hard to limit yourself.

As we are fast approaching Father’s Day I was thinking about the father in this parable.  Look at Luke 15:20, “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”

As I read this there is so much that comes to mind.  I love the beginning of the verse.  it says, “But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him,”  This speaks to me of the love of the Heavenly Father.  He was looking for us when we were not looking for Him.  Even though this father had received the demand of is son he was still watching for him.  This father saw his son “he was yet a great way off,”.  That tells me that the father was watching for the son.

This boy had been seen.  Don’t we all want that?  We want people to see us and acknowledge us.  We want to be appreciated.  We want to be noticed.

Then we see that not only did the father run to his son; but, he “had compassion,”.  This is a powerful emotion to say the least.  Someone described compassion as someone else’s pain in your heart.  How true.

Then we see the father make an effort to reach out to his son.  The Bible tells us that the father “ran,”.  This is no big deal to you and I; but, in this culture it was a shame for this man to be seen running.  Running was relegated to slaves.  They were the ones how were ordered to run to and fro taking care of the master’s business.  You were not to be in a hurry.  This man was in a real hurry to get to his son.

His treatment of the son is something to be thought through.  His son had taken his inheritance.  He took the things the father needed to live each day and then he left.  While he was away he basically set a match to the money.  It was now gone by foolish means.  Yet the father still loved his son.

He must have still loved his son.  Next he “fell on his neck, and kissed him.”  I can almost see this exchange in my mind’s eye.  What a joyous reunion!  His son was now home again.

Now, this returning son was still broke.  His inheritance was still gone because he had wasted it; but, he was still this father’s son.  No matter how bad we blow it as a Christian we are still God’s child.  Oh, there are consequences; but, we are still a child of the Most High God!

So, how are you doing?