Ezekiel 20:44 God Deals Differently

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You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, you people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 20:44 

When a crime is committed by a person, people want the person to pay for it. They want punishment to be brought upon the person.

Generally most people want the punishment to fit the crime. The more serious the crime, the greater the punishment. No one wants a person who stole a piece of candy to get a death sentence. At the same time, many want the person who murdered a person in cold-blood to get the death sentence.

Ezekiel tells that people that God is telling them that He will not deal with them as their evil ways dictate. God works in a different way and will have mercy upon them.

Most people do not really see how sinful sin is. They do not see how bad every sin is regardless of how great or how little it is. Many think that little sins can be overlooked and forgotten. Yet, with God all sin is sin. And all sin is punishable by death for eternity.

No one can say that they have never sinned, so everyone can have, and does, the judgement of death upon their heads. Yet, God in His great love and mercy, chose not to destroy them. He is willing to forgive and move forward.

God does this for His namesake, not because of something the people did. It shows His true character of true love and mercy.

Every believer has been forgiven and, yet, sins again, hopefully unintentionally. At that point he deserves death…again. Yet God still has mercy and forgives…again. God does not want to kill, but to make alive.

As a believer, you have already seen some of the mercy and love of God. There will be times when you will make a mistake and fall into a sin. Do not give up trying to live for God. Go back to Him for His love, mercy and forgiveness.

God is not out to destroy or condemn you. He is right there waiting to love and forgive you. Give God the chance to forgive you. Then strive to live for Him, being led by His Holy Spirit. God will work with you as you allow Him too. God is a God of love and mercy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will live for God; and that you will know God’s love and mercy for you and others. 

Jeremiah 31:3 God Loves You

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The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness;” Jeremiah 31:3 

Everyone loves to be loved, but not everyone feels loved. Some people love fairy tale stories that end with everlasting happiness and love, while others hate the stories. They love them because it is something that they dream of, while the others hate it, because they don’t see that type of love in reality.

The love most people see is often very conditional. One loves as long as it is going his own way, otherwise there is hatred or apathy.

Jeremiah reminds the people that in the past and to the present God loved Israel with an everlasting love. God drew the people to Him through His kindness.

God’s love for people has never changed. He still loves with a perfect, never-ending love. His love is not conditional on whether a person believes in Him or not, whether the person sins or does not sin, God loves regardless.

With that perfect love, God shows a kindness that most people do not understand. Sin separates one from God and brings about death. Yet, He is right there willing to forgive sins and make everything right again. God does this because of love.

God’s great love for people causes Him to be kind, rather than hateful. He wants everyone to come to Him and have a relationship with Him. This can only be done with forgiveness. His love makes this possible.

People want to be loved and need to be loved. When a person realizes God’s great love for him, he will be drawn to God. He will no longer want to run away from that great love and go back into death.

There may be times when you don’t feel as if anyone loves you, including God. God may appear to be far away and distant from you, not very loving.

Do not forget that God still does love you. He is being kind to you, not giving you what you deserve, but drawing you to Him to restore you and pour His love into you.

Regardless of what you have done in the past, how much you have sinned, God still loves you. You can return to Him and be changed and used by God.

Whether anyone in this world loves you or not, God does love you with an everlasting and perfect love.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s perfect love; that you will know the kindness God is showing you; that you will have a relationship with God; and that you will stay by God’s side at all times.

Psalm 109:26 Saved By Love

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Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Psalm 109:26 

Going through a difficult time is a common occurrence for many people. As they are going through the tough time, some will seek help. In the process of seeking help, they seek it because of who they are or what they do.

It has been seen many times when a person of high position or popularity will get in to some trouble. When approached about it, he will often ask the person if he knows who he is. It is about the position or title that the person wants to be removed from trouble or helped.

During great disasters some have been known to fight for help to be saved because of their position. They are using their influence to gain the needed help.

David had been going through a very tough time with many different enemies. He cries out to God for help. He wants God to save him, but based upon His love, not his own merits.

Every believer will have times of extreme difficulties. During these times he will need help. It is common for him to cry out to God for help to remove him from the situation or receive a saving from the enemy.

As some cry out to God they will be like many in the world and tell God that they need to be saved because of all the good things that they have done. This does not show any humility, but is boastful and filled with sinful pride.

The believer must realize that he is only deserving of death and punishment. God does not have to save him. However, God is full of love and mercy. Seeking God for help based off of His love and mercy puts the focus on God and not self.

You will have difficult times in which you will need God’s help. Throughout scripture it tells you to cry out to God for help. As you cry out to Him for help, do not focus it on yourself, but upon God. Reach out to His great love and mercy.

As God helps you, it is not because of what you have done, but because of His great love. Jesus did not remove your sins because of who you are or what you have done, but because of His love.

God’s love compels Him to help you and build you up. Focus on Him, and not on self.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will focus your life on God; that God will help you remove any pride in your life; and that you will lean on God’s greatness to meet all of your needs. 

Psalm 58:1-2 False Equity And Justice

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Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2 

Justice and equality are two things that America and some other nations claim to believe in. Rulers all across the nation claim to aim for justice and equality among people. America is really strong in claiming the belief that all people are created equal and that no one is to be discriminated against based on anything.

Rules are constantly being changed or made to make everyone equal, that every person will have equal justice in every situation.

David asks the questions of how the rulers were speaking and judging the people. He does not see them as acting justly or with equity. In fact, he says they strive to bring violence upon the earth.

These types of actions can be seen with many different governments. In the process of claiming justice, they discriminate against a believer. Those who stand true and faithful to God are often prosecuted as haters. Believers are often no longer able to make a statement against something that is sinful, because it is seen as hate.

Those is the church are not always a lot different than the rulers are. There are many in the church that will quickly say that if one does not worship in the exact same way, he is going to hell and will not make it into heaven.

Others will just stand on the side shouting hateful words at those living in the world. All they do is condemn and never show any love or mercy. They are actually promoting violence in the name of God.

Believers are to show love and mercy to everyone. They are to love everyone, including the worst enemies. Justice is to be shown the same to every person, regardless of whether they believe in God or not. This can be done only if one is truly following Jesus with his whole heart.

Think about the words that you speak to others. Think about the actions you show to others. What are they promoting?

Regardless of whether a person is a believer or not, you should treat each one equally with God’s great love and mercy. Seek to bring God’s peace into the lives of every person you meet, not judgement and hate. This can only be done by promoting the gospel of Jesus, rather than just rules.

How are you at speaking and treating others?

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will love all others as God has loved you; that you will act in God’s true justice; that you will only judge as God has judged you; and that you will spread the message of Jesus to this world.