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The Power of Love and Forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness | Elaine Barnes Bailey Needs to Practice Mercy for Jesus' Sake! :)
The Power of Forgiveness | Elaine Barnes Bailey Needs to Practice Mercy for Jesus' Sake! :)

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 26:18)

There is a historical point in our earthly lives at which the forgiveness of Christ was granted—even though He was “slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8) and in the eternal sense we were “predestined” to be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29).

Christ has subdued, cleansed, and forgotten our sins.

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God Knows Us Better Than We Do!

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God Knows Me and You

“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.” (Psalm 139:1)

Perhaps the most frightening attribute of God is that He knows everything about us. Everything! He has “searched” (literally “penetrated”) us and “known” (“understood”) us.

And since God is both omnipresent and omniscient, it obviously follows that nothing escapes His conscious knowledge about us.

He observes our ordinary activities (v. 2) and our innermost thoughts. “Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways” (v. 3). The Hebrew word translated “compassest” suggests that He actually sees the formation of the words in our tongues before we begin to speak them (v. 4). That means that we are transparent to Him; we cannot  deceive Him in any way.

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Chastening of the Lord

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One of the fascinating paradoxes of Scripture (and of human life) is the oft-repeated principle that true parental love requires appropriate chastening, and chastening rightly received generates blessing and happiness. “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24).

This is effective child psychology, assuming that the chastening is remedial rather than vindictive and is applied in love rather than anger. But the main teaching of such passages goes beyond parental child-training methods to the grand theme of God’s spiritual training of His children for eternity.

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God Has Heard Every Word You’ve Spoken

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“For NOW we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: NOW I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” ~ I Corinthians 13:12

The “Love Chapter” of I Corinthians 13 is a study of numerous contrasts – comparing the actions and motives of a worldly person practicing carnal love from that of a person practicing the “Love” of Christ Jesus.

In this particular verse, the Spirit addresses our limited understanding of life and how, in the future, all things will become clear to us when we see Jesus face to face! God reminds the Christian that we are handicapped by a limited understanding of what we are actually seeing on the day to day.

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