June 15, 2020
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness." (Jeremiah 31:3)
God is not speaking to everyone in this verse, but to His people He had chosen, the Israelites. These were the people who loved Him. But they were also the ones who were continually rebelling, continually forgetting, continually walking away.
And yet, time after time, God brought them back to Himself, restored them, and blessed them. Like a human family, there is love and rebellion in the mix on the human side, but—different from a human family—there is nothing but perfection from the Father.
The adjective is all important. It is not "sometimes-lasting love" or "occasional love." It is EVER-lasting. There is no beginning nor end. It is there every morning when we rise and evening when we lie down. In fact, He never slumbers or sleeps in His love, providing watchful care through our rest.
Sometimes His love is expressed in hard discipline when His people need training, just like a strong father with his children. But it is always driven by love. Sometimes His sovereign understanding causes and allows things we do not understand, but it is always undergirded by His everlasting passion for His children.
DRAWN BY LOVINGKINDNESS
The word "drawn" in the original language means "caused to move." God has pulled us to Himself. But notice this instrument of his action. He has drawn us with "lovingkindness." Again, it may not feel at times that this is so, but it is lovingkindness nonetheless.
God is not only loving, He is kind. Think of this. Imagine the kindness person you know, then magnify it by millions, for He is complete in His kindness. And then, meditate on this if you are one of His children: He has loved you with an everlasting love and drawn you with His perfect lovingkindness!
And, then, give Him thanks … for the rest of your life and beyond!
Father, thank You for Your lovingkindness to me and my family. You have loved me when it was completely undeserved. You have drawn me to Yourself over and over again, keeping me from wandering. You have been the instrument of my return and the Object of my love. And it is all because of Your kindness and love to me. I’m overwhelmed and grateful.
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August 07, 2020
August 06, 2020
There are thousands, perhaps millions of people who believe they are Christians who will never enter heaven. This is not my evaluation, but the clear teaching of Christ Himself.
Christ spoke of false prophets who "come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt 7:15). It is not the outward clothing, but the inward heart that indicates a true believer.
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August 05, 2020
Of all the things Jesus could have addressed in the Sermon on the Mount, it's fascinating that He spends a good bit of time addressing worry. In fact, He commands us not to be worried: "Do not be worried about your life."
We are champion worriers. God knows that worry is so counterproductive. Not only is it useless, but it ties us up, destroys our faith, is a poor witness to those who are watching, and dishonors God. So, to help us He gives His true followers multiple reasons why worry is so useless.