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Grieved at Their Hardness of Heart

November 14, 2015

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Grieved  at Their Hardness  of Heart

We can be  so into ourselves  that we don’t realize  that we are hurting  God’s heart  —  and making Him angry  with us.     And,  many don’t care  that they are hurting  God’s heart.     When they see God’s generous outpouring  of love  and mercy given to others,  they become jealous  and spiteful.     Mark 3:1-6 is such an instance,

He entered again  into a synagogue;  and a man was there  whose hand  was withered.     They were watching Him  to see  if He would heal him  on the Sabbath,  so that they might accuse Him.     He said  to the man  with the withered hand,  “Get up  and come forward!”     And He said  to them,  “Is it lawful  to do good  or to do harm  on the Sabbath,  to save a life  or to kill?”

But they kept silent.     After looking around  at them  with angergrieved  at their hardness  of heart,  He said  to the man,  “Stretch out your hand.”     And he stretched it out,  and his hand  was restored.     The Pharisees went out  and immediately began conspiring  with the Herodians  against Him,  as to how  they might destroy Him.

People harden their own hearts  with jealousies,  bitterness,  pride,  greed,  and self-centeredness.     They imagine themselves  to be better than others.     And,  they imagine themselves  to be more righteous than others  —  and even God  —  as they follow worthless,  man-made rules.     Such stubborn hatefulness  brings eternal ruin.     People repeat these sins  generation  after generation,  as Isaiah 63:10 says,

But  they rebelled
And grieved  His Holy Spirit;
Therefore  He turned Himself  to become  their enemy,
He fought against them.

We have nothing  to rebel against.     Why rebel against love,  forgiveness,  and grace?     Isn’t that  what we want  in heaven?     Instead of  foolishly grieving  God’s gracious heart  for no good reason,  we need  to come  to our senses,  and live according to  the goodness  of God’s love.

We don’t have a decent reason to “grieve”  God,  our Maker  and Redeemer.     He alone  is the Almighty.     Let us get our heads  on straight,  humbly,  reverently  and rightly saying,  “Hallelujah!     LORD, blessed be  Your grace!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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