GOD IS A MERCIFUL AND COMPASSIONATE GOD


GOD IS A MERCIFUL AND COMPASSIONATE GOD

Jonah 4:2 (NLT) So he complained to the LORD about it: Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.

So many people put the tag on God that He is out to get you.  That if you make one mistake, He will bring some calamity on you to teach you.  I was taught growing up that God sits up in heaven on a big throne with a lightning bolt in His hand, and He is just looking for someone to tick Him off and then, look out!  Even insurance companies call disasters “acts of god.”  Well that is not our God!

Jesus told us so clearly in John 10:10 who the destroyer is, and you know what? It is not God!  Look at what it says: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  You see, God gives life, and satan destroys it.

Here this Old Testament prophet knew the heart and nature of God.  He wanted God to destroy the people of Ninevah, but as soon as they repented, God was quick to forgive and to restore.  I am always amazed that when a disaster hits an area, they call it an “act of god,” but when there is a beautiful day, or something very special happens in our world, they call it “mother nature” or “mother earth.”  Come on Christians!  Let us speak what the truth of the Word says, and not what man-made religion says.

God is love.  He is a good God; a merciful and compassionate God.  He is One who is slow to get angry, and filled with unfailing love.  If the church would start showing the world a loving God like this, it would change people’s hearts from running from God, to running to Him.  Let us share the truth, and see God do the rest.  He is filled with unfailing love!

CONFESSION:  My Heavenly Father is a God of Love.  He is always out for my good.  He created me and loves me dearly.  What a great God I serve!

Today’s Bible Reading

1 Kings 5 – 6

Acts 7:1-29

Psalms 127

Proverbs 16:28-30

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : 2 Samuel 14, 2 Samuel 15:1-12

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Acts 5:12-42

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 14:15-24

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | New Living Translation (NLT)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : 2 Samuel 14, 2 Samuel 15:1-12

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Acts 5:12-42

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 14:15-24