God is in the details of the ten commandments [God is love]
“Where the heart is right with God, all the other commandments follow.” —Dr. A. L. BarryGod is love—pure, patient, self-giving, desiring all to be saved.
- Listen to Issues Etc.’s excellent discussion about Love.
- Read a short post, God’s Passionate Love!
- God’s ten commandments invite us to abide in Him, for our good and the love of others.
|The cross of Jesus in Bible verse sketch “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 ESV|
What are small-g-gods all about?
Grappling: The First Commandment and Six Idols (The Ten Commandments) (open link, then click on picture to start short video about idolatry)
Sins make life difficult, meaningless, or dull; they take priority over praying, thanking, praising, revering, listening to His Word, singing hymns and worshiping God. Our Lord Jesus brings forgiveness, healing, peace and joy to those who confess and repent of sins (realized) as well as the sins which may be evident to others (and God) though we may not recognize. A few examples are
- spending time or money unwisely or miserly
- neglecting to attend to needs of others
- avoiding opportunities to share the Gospel
- poor response to others when they commit sins against us
- blame-shifting, denial or refusal to take responsibility for sins
- manipulating people and situations
- the list goes on…
The Holy Spirit gives believers power to resist temptations, lies, vices of Satan, the world, and our fallen nature which promote an inclination to abuse or give excess praise, focus, reliance on
- things we consume and places we go—confused about what [we think] we “deserve”—we sometimes forget to thank our Creator who provides skills and opportunities which allow us to generate income to afford these items and pleasures
- ourselves—selfish, prideful, stubborn, wants, worries, negativity, mistrust in the Lord
- work—falsely thinking it “earns” God’s favor
- control—which is not ours to impose on others
- people in our lives:
—having an unrealistic expectation of perfection
—assuming to be understood by a person without communicating with him/her
—unforgiving lack of compassion toward one who seeks to be heard/forgiven
—demanding of or using someone for our own glory and gratification
- confess our own sinfulness
- have empathy toward ourselves and those who sin against us (if they are willing to communicate, listen to their fears, desires, misplaced trust)
- because of what Christ has done, we can forgive self and people who sin against us even if they do not ask to be forgiven
Don’t lose heart!God opened the Way to freedom and saves many who abide in Truth. His Word teaches us to ask for His will to be done and enables us to receive His forgiveness and goodness. Generously and mercifully he
- feeds our hunger
- directs our focus
- protects and delivers us from evil
- heals the brokenhearted
- shows kindness
- comforts us in sorrows
- levels—makes a smooth path by still waters for our thirsty souls
- leads us to Himself and a life of repentance
- walks with us
- forgives, washes, cleans up after us, turns us around
- allows us to receive and fully trust His mercy
- provides us capacity to share mercy with others
- creates peace and goodness
Pray: dear God of Love, we praise and thank You for this Good News! Guide us that we may generously forgive, show mercy, share and receive compassionate love. Amen.
“…as far as the east is from the west…” Psalm 103
|Gracious God sketch of the cradled Christ, crown of thorns, cross of Christ, Easter lilies, risen sun (Son of God) with rays of hope, water of baptism, trees of the field—doodled during a bible study class.|
Our Creator is so gracious!
While we were yet sinners, He pours the Holy Spirit into our hearts—we receive this gift in the water of baptism and by hearing His Word.
Our Heavenly Father frees and saves repentant sinners through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, our Precious Treasure who
- is true God and true man
- was tempted
- never sinned
- died by crucifixion
- was buried
- rose from the dead
- ascended to heaven
- intercedes for us
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV (whole chapter)