Proverbs 4 7-4-22

Jesus had one theme: His Father’s love for us. Everything was borne out of that theme. “For God so loved the world…

Proverbs 4:1 Listen, my children, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

The Father’s love for us is demonstrated through Jesus when He died on the cross,

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus was God in the flesh here on earth. If we want to know what God thinks of us, we need look no further than Jesus. Here are a couple of examples:

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Mark 10:21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Jesus loves us and has compassion for us. Since He is God, then God loves us and has compassion for us. If we want to be like God, then we must learn to love and be compassionate, too. Here’s what Jesus said,

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

In fact, Luke 6:36 gives it to us straight,

Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

We know from Romans 11:32 that, “God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” If God has mercy on everyone, I reckon that we should, too, don’t you?

Loving, compassionate, merciful…sounds like a tall order. Aren’t we glad we have His Spirit in and with us?

Abba, You have said that humanly speaking, it is impossible for us to fill this order, but with You, all things are possible. Please work in us Your love, compassion and mercy. Then we will be known as children of You, O God. Amen

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