THE GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS


THE GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS

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.  They think 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 a disaster an, “Act of god.”  Well, that is not our God!

Jesus told us so clearly in John 10:10 who the destroyer is, and it is not God!  Here 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.

In our passage, this Old Testament prophet knew the heart and nature of God.  He wanted God to destroy these people, 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!  He is a merciful and compassionate God!  He 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

Numbers 11:24 – Numbers 13

Mark 14:22-52

Psalms 52

Proverbs 11:1-3

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

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Leviticus 19, Leviticus 20

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Mark 14:43-72

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 6:30-35

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

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Leviticus 19, Leviticus 20

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Mark 14:43-72

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 6:30-35