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By Lovingkindness and Truth

February 22, 2018

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By Lovingkindness and Truth

Because we are constantly bombarded  with worldly ideas,  ideals,  philosophies,  theories,  etc.,  etc.,  etc.,  it is good and refreshing  to put reality back  into perspective.     We need  to daily go back  to “square one”  of what is truth  in all eternity.     What is presented to us  as true  in this world  ( by sinful mankind )  is not necessarily true  in God’s holy eyes.     Only what is true  in God’s eyes  will count in eternity,  so it is good  to always go back  to this  and get a grip  on the truths  God impresses us with.

Proverbs 16:6 gets down  to the basics  of God’s truth.     It says,

By  lovingkindness  and truth  iniquity is atoned for,   
And  by  the fear  of the LORD  one keeps away  from evil
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The truth is  that we are all sinners  and our sins absolutely must  be atoned for  so that we can be cleansed  of all our filthy sins  —  and cleaned up  for our heavenly home.     So,  God presents us  with the truth  of our sinful condition  all throughout the Bible.     We need  to open our eyes  to this truth  and realize  that we are headed  for hell  unless something is done  to change  our detestable condition.     God is doing a very good  and loving thing  for us  when He points out  our sins.     We need  to accept it  as that.

When we admit  to the truth  of our damnable lives,  we should not give up  in utter despair  or get bitter about it.     God’s lovingkindness  in Jesus Christ  has atoned  for all our sins.     We are loved  by God Almighty,  in spite  of our sins.

Let’s not throw  that love away.     We might not think  we are worth saving,  but God thinks we are.     His love is  that great  for us.     This is our opportunity  to turn to God  and let Him  clean us up  according to His love  in Jesus Christ.     This is the only way anyone  can ever be  cleaned up.     There is no other way  into heaven,  so we’ve got to accept  this truth  or be lost forever.

What will it be?

Can we set aside our pride  and humbly repent  before the LORD  of all?      Or  do we still want  to cling  to the filth  of this world  and try to get into heaven  by hook  or by crook?

None of that will work.     We all need  “the fear of the LORD”  in our hearts  to keep away  from such arrogance  and belligerence.

This  “fear of the LORD”  is basically  a healthy respect  for God  —  just because He is the One  who created us  in the first place.     We are  to respect God  because our lives are  in His hands.     He alone  has the power  to take away our breath  at any time,  according to His wisdom.     We never know  when God will decide  that it is our time  to enter eternity.      Since there won’t be  another chance  for repentance  after we die,  it would be  in our best interest  to have a healthy  “fear of the LORD”  now,  while we still have a breath  to repent with.

Note how Proverbs 16:6 said,  By the fear  of the LORD  one keeps away  from evil.     It is evil  to not repent  of all our sins.     We need  to fess up  and be humble  before the one and only LORD  over all.     And,  of course,  true repentance means  we will desperately want  to never commit those sins  any more,  lest we give God  a good reason  for turning away  from a hypocritical sort  of repentance.

Having a  “fear of the LORD”  is a most wonderful thing.     It’s so awesome  and wonderful  because this God Almighty, loves us  so dearly  that He sent His only-begotten Son  to suffer and die  for our sins  —  our sins.     That is a lovingkindness  that cannot be described  in human words.     We just need  to humbly accept  this wonderful gift  of forgiveness  and live the rest  of our lives  in appreciation  of such a wondrous  and faithful love.

As we daily remind ourselves  of God’s lovingkindness  and truth  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  having You  in my heart is  a gift more awesome  than any words  can tell.    Thank you  for faithfully staying  on my case.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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