Our Disappointments Are His Appointments

Posted March 16, 2017 by SandreS
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He delights to show His mercy (Micah 7:18).

Seeing God’s sovereign hand in all things turns our regrets into an amazing appreciation!

Our remorse will esteem His almighty plan. Every heartache will be seen as a part of the divine tapestry, meticulously embroidered for the purpose of making known – to every single individual – His unconditional love and mercy.

Disappointments this side of resurrection create the backdrop that is critically important. Otherwise, we would never be able to see clearly the benevolent and generous intent for all of His creation.

Mike Owens
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Higher Standard

Posted December 12, 2016 by SandreS
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The love of Christ constrains us (II Corinthians 5:14).

The law allowed us to hate our enemy and even hold grudges against our neighbors. Grace gives us a heart that leads to loving our enemy and even our neighbors who act like jerks.

When we see our amazing Savior and understand His love for His creation – even when nailed to the cross – we are moved from within. His mercy calls us to a higher standard, much higher and deeper than the law ever could.

mike-owensMike Owens
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Invincible Love

Posted September 12, 2016 by SandreS
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How invincible is the love of Christ! Death might take away Christ’s life, but not His love! Neither can our sin wholly quench that divine flame of love.

That which makes this love of Christ the more stupendous is that there was nothing in us to excite or draw forth His love! He did not love us because we were worthy, but by loving us He made us worthy!

thomas-watsonThomas Watson (1620-1686)
A Treatise Concerning Meditation
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What Is Punishment?

Posted August 28, 2016 by SandreS
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“Punishment” is a word I have come to hate, for men have so fearfully misused it of God’s operations. Once we see that all of God’s dealings are with a view to the eventual reconciliation of all, the idea of punitive retribution, introduced by corrupt theology, will become abhorrent. We must remember that the object of all of God’s operations are rooted in love and fruited in reconciliation. If God is love, He cannot be orthodox. Before there can be a universal reconciliation, each one must be set right with God, and this is accomplished at the judging. Such indeed is the true meaning of judgment.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Problem of Evil, pages 231-236
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The Conduct of the Saints

Posted June 18, 2016 by SandreS
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Bless those who are persecuting you: bless, and do not curse (Romans 12:14).

The conduct of the saints in any given economy is based on God’s dispensation. If He dispenses law, He requires conduct in accord with law. Mercy calls for a higher standard, while grace appeals for the highest type of loving deportment under even the most trying circumstances. The law allowed men to hate their enemies, to exact an equivalent, as an eye for an eye, and, indeed, to act toward one another as God dealt with them. God’s grace, then, is the model after which we may pattern our conduct. As He never curses now, we may not curse, but bless even those who are persecuting us.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Commentary
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Fear Replaced by Love

Posted April 28, 2016 by SandreS
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Naturally, the first emotion of man towards the being he calls God, but of whom he knows so little, is fear … until love, which is the truth towards God, is able to cast out fear.

Fear … is a bond that must be broken, but a bond that can be broken only by the tightening of an infinitely closer bond – love.

George MacDonaldGeorge MacDonald (1824-1905)
The Fear of God
Unspoken Sermons, Second Series (1885)
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Difficult People

Posted April 26, 2016 by SandreS
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Thank God for the tough spots He put you in. That is where He is getting His love through you to the unlovely, and to people who harm you. That is how Jesus lived on earth, expressing the love of God to those who criticized and hated Him; and that is how Jesus now lives in us, expressing the same love through us. He has put us among difficult people, so that His supernatural love may be seen by them. So praise the Lord for every tough spot you are in. It is not God’s will to deliver us from tough spots, but in them. There is no other way of getting at those who do not know Him except by those who do living among them.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Knight of Faith, Volume I
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