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Who Cares?

February 18, 2017

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Who Cares?

The love of God  can never be measured.     Nevertheless,  Paul prays  in Ephesians 3:17-19,    “that you, being rooted  and grounded in love,  may be ABLE  to comprehend  with all the saints  what is the breadth  and length  and height  and depth,  and to KNOW  the love  of Christ  which surpasses knowledge,  that you may be filled up  to all the fullness  of God.”

1 John 4:19 says, “We love,  because He first  loved us.”      As we begin  to comprehend  the infinite greatness  of God’s love,  we start getting rooted  and grounded  in love.

In consideration  of God’s saving love,  we need to reflect  on how we should repent  of the sins  that we commit.     As children of God,  who cares  that they have offended  the LORD  who loves them  and died for them  —  taking all  of their sins  upon Himself?

Who cares  that they have offended  their Creator  who is faithful,  pure,  holy,  and ALMIGHTY  —  our Judge?

Too often  when a person “repents”,  they are sorry only  for themselves  as they are suffering the consequences  of their own sinfulness.     But,  WHEN will there be sorrow  for offending  the living God Almighty?     Our repentance often centers only  on our selfish worldliness.     We care only  that WE are suffering consequences.

We need godly repentance.     Paul describes godly repentance  in 2 Corinthians 7:10,     “For the sorrow that is according to the will  of God  produces a repentance  without regret,  leading to salvation;  but the sorrow  of the world  produces death.”

Just think.     A person will never regret coming  to a sorrow  over the putrid ugliness  of all their sins  —  even the hidden ones.    Why?     Because  that causes us  to fall  on the LORD’s mercy  and His holy promise  to forgive all  who come to Him.     Forgiveness,  in turn,  causes faith  and love  for our Savior  to grow.

That “sorrow of the world”  that “produces death”  is the kind of sorrow  we should fight off  with all our might.     We are all prone  to having  the “sorrow of the world”,  which only condemns us  to hell,  because it is selfish,  proud  and egotistical.

The “sorrow of the world” is described  in the life  of Esau  in Genesis, chapters 25, 27 and 28.     A short summary is  in Hebrews 12:15-17,    “See to it  that no one comes short  of the grace of God;  that no root  of bitterness  springing up  causes trouble,  and by it  many be defiled;   that there be no immoral  or godless person  like Esau,  who sold his own birthright  for a single meal.     For you know  that even afterwards,  when he desired  to inherit the blessing,  he was rejected,  for he found no place  for repentance,  though he sought for it  with tears.”

Esau had  a root of bitterness  causing him  to despise his birthright.     In short,  he scorned God’s promises.     His on-going pride  made him  a godless person.     Esau disregarded God  for so long  that his heart  became hardened  with arrogance.     Then  when he realized  he had lost his blessing,  he was sorry  for himself  and cried buckets  of selfish tears.     But,  in all those tears,  he found no place  for repentance.     He still was not sorry  that he offended God.     He was only sorry  he lost his blessing.     Such arrogance  is a tragedy.     It hardens bitter hearts.

In our daily confession before God,  let us look  at His almighty majesty,  His love,  His wise plan of salvation  through the blood of Jesus  and be sorry  when we offend  such a wondrous LORD.     Accept the blood  of Jesus  as the only cleansing   for sins.

There isn’t anything  we can do  to wash away  our sins,  hide them  or get rid of them.     Only the blood of Jesus  can make us holy  in God’s eyes.     We can’t afford  to be proud  trying to stand  before the throne  of God.     We’ve got to learn  to recognize the love  of God,  so we may be filled  with Him  and live eternally  with Him.     Godly repentance in love……. just what our Heavenly Father wants.

We’ll never fully appreciate  the love  of God  until we have godly repentance.     When we have godly repentance,  we will abide  in God  and He will abide  in us.     Then we can be filled  with the fullness of God.     How wonderful!     Hallelujah!

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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