This Verse Perfectly Reflects God’s Love

I am reposting another good message today. David writes about God’s love and forgiveness. It is never to late to grow in God’s love.

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By David Ettinger

Old Testament Misconception
When those not familiar with the Bible refer to “the God of the Old Testament,” they often use terms such as “hard,” “uncaring,” “vindictive,” and “vengeful.” It is true that quite a few verses record God’s righteous judgments upon sinful people and nations (Nahum 1:2-3 comes to mind).

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However, the Old Testament contains numerous verses that speak of God’s love (Hosea 14:4); patience (Psalm 86:15); forgiveness (Micah 7:18); and mercy (Psalm 145:9). And here’s one that combines them all: “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him” (Isaiah 30:18).

Not bad for the “vindictive” and “vengeful” God of the Old Testament, huh?

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The fruit of the SPIRIT

We live in a time that is very challenging. The world seems upside down and anything goes. We, as a global people, are teetering, there are no moral, ethical, or spiritual compasses for many living in society today. Living a life, emulating Christ, and living holy by reading and studying the Word and incorporating the Fruit of the Spirit into our daily lives fortifies our spirit and helps us walk the straight path as we experience the tugs of the world. We are God’s children. He has provided everything we need to stand fast and represent Him well.

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The HOLY SPIRIT produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (📖 Galatians 5:22-23 📖)

To be holy in any way, the fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT must be visible in your life. In Galatians 5:22, Paul summarizes the nine characteristics of the fruit. The Greek word translated as fruit literally means “one fruit”. All nine of these qualities have to be manifested in your life: If you are a joyful, loving person, but very impatient, you will not pass the test! Then something in your fruit is still lacking.

You may try in vain to be loving, joyful, peace-loving, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled every day; these things are contrary to your sinful nature. However, it ‘cán’ be done: the secret is found in Galatians 5:16: “Let the HOLY SPIRIT guide your lives. Then you won’t…

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