December 17, 2019
Gratitude is one of the most foundational components of authentic Christianity. It is the humility that recognizes that what God has done for us is undeserved. It gladly acknowledges, with an open heart and mouth, that everything we’ve received is from God. I have often said that I can tell you how proud a man is by how much or little he prays. But I can also tell you how proud a man is by how slowly he gives thanks—to others and, most importantly, to God. A humble man’s heart is so full of gratitude that it spills out without thinking.
One of the most important words in the Old Testament is the word “Checed (che-said)” It is used over 240 times. It is often translated as “lovingkindness” or “mercy.” Some translations use the phrase “steadfast love.” But, checed is more than mere love. It is a word that carries multiple thoughts. Our English language cannot capture this rich Hebrew word in a single word.
Here’s how Vines Expository Dictionary of Words describes it:
Notice the thought of God’s love, kindness, and mercy towards us carried in this single Hebrew word:
… is an amazing Psalm. The Psalmist recounts 26 different things God had done for Israel. Each statement is followed by this refrain “For His lovingkindness (checed) is everlasting.” It’s almost hard for us to read because of the redundancy of this statement. But that redundancy is the point. Every statement of what God has done for us should be followed by a humble, awe-inspired statement of gratitude.
It should be a common exercise, in fact, a daily routine, for us to recount the lovingkindness of God toward us. It would be a great and needed routine for you to sit with family or friends in prayer, rehearse what God has done and given you, and after each statement say together, “His lovingkindness (checed) is everlasting.”
I believe it’s a word we need to become familiar with. We’ll be using it often in eternity.
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.