Here is a post from a great blog that I follow. Denise Pass is a worship leader who has some great insights from God to share. Here is one of her posts concerning shame. It is a part of a series that she is doing. Please check out her blog today.
Scripture of the Day: 2 Samuel 13:13 (NLT) “Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.” Shame Rx: Each person bears the shame for their own actions. Watching a […]
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8
As things go wrong in a person’s life, the first thing many feel is that it is because God is angry with them. The feeling that God is in the process of judging them for what they had done wrong.
These feelings come because of the way many are treated by those in the church. Judgement comes very quickly. Christians are often very angry with those in the world and quickly judge them as bad people.
People in the church often forget how gracious and compassionate God is towards them. They forget how sinful they really were and often still are. Many forget how horrible each one of their sins are.
Keep in mind that if you sin one time, that sin brings the judgement of immediate death upon your head. God does not serve out that sentence immediately. He is gracious and compassionate with you.
God knows that you are human and will fail and fall short of His glory. He made provision for that. He chose to send His Son Jesus to pay the price for your sin.
Think about how quickly you or someone you know rises in anger against someone else. If someone were to kill your son in cold blooded murder, what would your immediate reaction be? Most people would be to want to strike back in anger, judgement and punishment.
Unlike humans, God is very slow to anger. He has been putting up with mankind’s ways of living in sin for thousands of years. Each and every person deserves punishment in the worst way. Yet, His great love holds His anger and judgement back.
God does not want any person to die in sin, and this includes you. When things are going rough in your life, it is not necessarily God judging you. It may be God attempting to get your focus back onto Him. Everything works out for your benefit because of God’s great love for you.
So when things are rough or someone is being bad towards you, remember God’s great love and compassion. Take on His being gracious towards others and do not get so angry with them. Show God’s love towards them.
I pray today that you will know God’s great love and compassion in your life; that God will help you not get so angry; that you will be rich with God’s love towards others; and that you will be His light in this world.
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1
Fear and obedience are two things that many people do not see associated with blessings. Yet the psalmist says that the one who fears and the one who is obedient is blessed.
Fear is often associated with being scared, not respect. There are many people in the world who fear God, because they fear that He will not accept them because of their past sins. Christians often fall into this same type of fear of God. They fear God no longer loves them because they fell back into some sin again. The weight of judgement against them weighs heavily on their minds.
This is not the fear the psalmist was talking about. Fear, here, is the respect and reverence for God. It is allowing God to be God and absolutely ruler over one’s life.
Obedience is seen as something that one must do, not a privilege to do. Throughout the world, many people obey the laws, only because they have to. The rules are obeyed only out of fear of getting caught. This also is often seen in the church. The heart is not in the obedience.
When a believer realizes what Jesus has done for him and how much God loves him, he will want to obey God. It will be a choice, not a requirement.
When you obey God out of fear, you are constantly on the outlook for when God is going to strike you. In that way, there is no real peace or loving relationship with God.
The blessings in fearing and obeying God is found in the relationship that is built up through the obedience. The level of trust in God is built up as you fear and obey Him. Knowing that there is peace between you and God rises when you know you are living for God with the right mindset.
Having that right relationship with God removes fear of judgement or reprimand. You will know the grace and mercy God has for you. In the midst of trouble in this life, you will still have God’s peace and love in your life. What better blessing can there be than that?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for God; that God will strengthen you in your obedience to Him; and that you will know all the blessings God has for you.