September 10, 2019: SOAP #3568:  Lamentations 3-5; Revelation 15 Scripture:  Leviticus (NIV) 3:31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. 32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. 33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men. Observation:   What […]

September 10, 2019: SOAP #3568:  Lamentations 3-5; Revelation 15

Scripture:  Leviticus (NIV) 3:31 For men are not cast offby the Lord forever. 32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, sogreat is his unfailing love. 33 For he does not willingly bring affliction orgrief to the children of men.

Observation:   What agreat thought.  God's anger for hispeople does not last forever!  He is justand brings judgment, but he also shows compassion.  SO GREAT is His unfailing love!  Indeed, SO GREAT! 

God does not, from His own will, bring judgment on people.  He is enticed/He is lured/He is persuaded tobring judgment by man's sin.  Mercy andcompassion flow out of His heart of love, but judgment is given withreluctance.  Judgment is always just anddeserved, but it also is an expression of God's mercy for it is less thandeserved. 

Application:  I can rejoice in God's great love. I can enjoyHis love.  But I must not forget that Heis holy and judges sin.  The Holy Spirit helpsme to understand His great love and His perfect holiness.  God is good because He has the perfectbalance of great love and complete holiness. 

His holiness does not prevent His love.  Hislove does not mar His holiness.  So howcan a holy God deal in love with a sinful man? Only through the cross where the holy God paid the sin penalty for theman He loves.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, it is by faith in my heart andthe confession of my mouth that I received your forgiveness.  Now that I am forgiven, I am a newcreation!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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