3/23 - "The angel of
the Lord called to him from heaven and said, 'Abraham! Abraham!' And
he said, 'Here I am.' He said, 'Do not lay your hand on the boy or do
anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not
withheld your son, your only son, from Me.'" (Gen. 22:11-12 - ESV) Have you ever thought about how this test of Abraham points forward to
God's love for us? He, too, did not withhold even His only Son, but
gave Him up for the salvation of the world.
- "How can a young man (woman) keep his (her) way pure? By living
according to Your Word! (Psalm 119:9 - NIV) If God has not withheld
His only Son, but gave Him up for our salvation - isn't the least we can
do now is live our lives according to His Word? And that very Word
gives us power to accomplish this - even though it be imperfectly.
- "I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no
more." (Jer. 31:34b - ESV) When someone "does us wrong", human
nature wants to retaliate, get even, hold a grudge. Totally opposite of
God's reactions when His children "do Him wrong". For the sake of His
Son, He forgives and listen to this, "will remember their sin no
more." Now, that is LOVE!
- "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to
give His life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45 - ESV) Human
beings oftentimes want to be the center of attention, want others to
show them special treatment. So different from the Son of Man, who came
for the very opposite purpose of giving to others - even giving His
life for their salvation.
- "Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not
hear them is that you are not of God." (John 8:47 - ESV) WOW! Very
strong words coming from the mouth of Jesus! Which side of the fence
are you sitting on?