Proverbs 29 12-29-21

One of my favorite verses is, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13. We get to see that in action today!

[25] The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.

Yesterday, we talked about being ready when Jesus changes our direction. Today, we will look at Romans 1:18 in light of Romans 11:32.

32 For God has shut up all in disobedience, so that He may show mercy to all.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

We all have sinned. How much we sin and in what areas matters not. The question is not how much or what kind, but if we have turned to Jesus and received His mercy. What happens is that, somehow, our turning to Him opens a door to our inner selves and the Spirit of Jesus comes to live in us. Our relationship with Jesus becomes the most important thing in our lives. The love and peace we experience as well as the joy that is in our hearts are quite enough motivation to turn our lives over to Him. This kind of certitude (freedom from doubt) is exactly what makes us trust Him. We know that we are right with God and we enjoy the Fellowship of the Trinity. This fellowship is eternal, so we don’t have to worry about dying. Removing the fear of death is what Jesus did on the cross,

14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, so that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, Hebrews 2:14

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

The mercy and forgiveness of Christ on the cross are for everyone. Let’s spread the Good Great News!

Abba, thank You for caring so much for Your creation. I trust You to take care of every part of Your creation, from grass to sparrows to humans. Your love for us goes beyond even our imagination. May Your mercy grow to fill the whole earth, Lord. Amen.

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