September 23, 2018

Micah 6:8…He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Exodus 34:6-7..reads “And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” Our God is merciful and very patient even in exercising punishment upon those who are disobeying Him. Before executing His judgement upon any city (or individual), He sends prophets upon prophets to warn them of impending punishment that awaits them. A good example was the city of Nineveh that was known to be very notorious and the LORD sent His prophet (Jonah) to go to this city to warn them. Just like you and I would react because we believe those wicked people deserve no mercy but instant judgment,  Jonah refused to go to Nineveh to preach to them. Our God is a good God full of mercy and compassion, He did not accept Jonah’s refusal to go, but rather pursued him until he had no choice but to do what God wanted him to do. Instead of going to Nineveh, he boarded a boat to Tarshish. The LORD sent storm on the sea, and when they could not continue the journey,  they threw him into the sea at his request.  God prepared a great fish to swallow him, and when he prayed for forgiveness inside the fish, God  gave him a second chance and He directed the fish to land him in the city (Nineveh) where he was supposed to go. After preaching to the people , the whole city fasted and repented of their evil ways, and God was moved with compassion and forgave them of their sins. But the prophet was not happy that God had mercy on them. Our God is a merciful God. The LORD wants us to love mercy and do good like Him.

With all the power that God  possesses to do and undo, to kill and to keep alive, to install and to remove in any position, yet He is still very merciful and patient with us (long-suffering). He gives us multiple chances to turn from our evil ways and come to Him. He does not want us to start seeking revenge immediately somebody offends us. He wants us to forgive even if that person did not ask for it. He even gave one of the disciples the number of times to forgive in a day, and that is 49 times (7 times 7) . Do we have enough patience to hang out with anyone that looks like a pain in the neck in one single day?  No, we don’t.  But our God is opposite to us. All the killings that we witness today are as a result of so much bitterness that we carry around.  If God can accommodate our sinful nature (though He does not love our sin), why are we so quick to retaliate when somebody offends us?  Why should death sentence be the immediate punishment that should be thought of? Many people do not know how to show mercy, or to forgive .  The LORD is not happy with the way we are killing ourselves, and He specifically commanded us not to kill (Exodus 20). He also encouraged us to be swift to hear, but slow to speak and slow to wrath (anger) (James 1:19). He also wants us to commit the person that offends us to Him because He says “Vengeance is Mine”. The world is in so much uproar everyday,  because we are totally disobedient to His commandments. We are just seeking our own good, and not the good of others. We do not seek God as we are supposed to, and we take laws into our hands.

The scripture of today says that the LORD has shown us what is good. The fact that we are still under the sun, being able to breathe, and having food to eat, we are experiencing the goodness and mercy of God. God is patient with us, and do not judge us as soon as we commit an offence, He waits for us to come back to Him and ask for pardon. So we likewise should do the same, we should find a better way to talk things over with the person that offends us. If truly we are children of God, and the Spirit of God is in us, we are supposed to love our neighbor no matter what he has done to us, we should also know that devil is the enemy that is behind many evil things that people do. We should therefore think of positive things we should do to show the love of God.  Reading about what Jesus Christ was subjected to during the time of his crucifixion, and yet He asked the Father to forgive them because He said “they did not know what they were doing “,  this is what we should emulate when we are faced with our own situation.  There could be disagreement between husband and wife, or between parents and children, or even between family members, let us remember to show mercy and  not hold it against them, rather let us allow God to take full control. Take it to God in prayer. Let us learn to do good, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (fear and reverence Him), and obey His commandments. We should be true sons and daughters of God pleasing Him in whatever we do. There is reward for whatever we do here on earth. Revelations 22:12 says “And behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”  The LORD will give us the grace to be like Him and walk according to His precepts in Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer….Lord help us to put an end to the wickedness of the wicked, and open their eyes to know you and turn from their evil ways to You in Jesus Name, Amen.

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