Category: God’s Kindness

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 362

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April 16

Joy (cont.)

Concerning joy, the psalmist mentions one other thing of great importance. We don’t often think of it this way, but our relationship with God is immensely pleasurable. In the awareness of God’s presence with us, comes the awareness of what His presence brings to us. The Psalmist speaks of “eternal pleasures at God’s “right hand.”

Because of God’s loving relationship with us, He is moved to act in His power and authority on our behalf – to lead us, guide us, bless us, and surround us with His personal attention and affection. Those who truly know God, also know that He is not just to be seen as a King only to be strictly obeyed – He is an amazingly wonderful Person, in Whom we can delight, and find immense enjoyment.

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And why not? He is good and kind, full of love, mercy and compassion, and abundantly eager to express these qualities towards those who draw near to Him. Why would we not find life’s greatest pleasure in the One Who made us, and Who designed us to respond so openly and delightfully to His Spirit? He is eager to love us, and the experience of connection to God’s unlimited and unconditional love fills us with an indescribable pleasure and joy.

The very essence of God’s love towards us is captured in the apostle’s words to the Romans:

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The apostle is moved to remind us that in the midst of our most difficult circumstances, we are completely surrounded by God’s presence, and secured within His indescribable love. He has given us His sure promise:

“Surely I am with you always…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5; see also Deuteronomy 31:6-8)

Even in the midst of great trial and persecution, there is a profound joy in knowing that He is with us, and doing something valuable within us (and for us), in whatever circumstances we may find ourselves…

Eight – The Kingdom of God, p. 302

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December 21

Jesus and the King’s will (cont.)

Time and again, through observing the ministry of Jesus, we ascertain that it is the King’s desire to bring wholeness, to heal, to bless, to deliver, and to restore. Jesus came to be a living revelation of the heart (and the will) of the One true King.

He came to be the means by which the true King could reach out to those who were in captivity, the suffering, the blind, and the broken. He came to bring new hope, new life and a new reality to human hearts. Jesus came to bring the Kingdom of God, and the King’s royal favor, to all who would heed His call of release, renewal and restoration.

Everywhere Jesus went, He proclaimed the Kingdom – and ministered the power of this Kingdom wherever He found broken, damaged and captive souls.

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But the King’s plan is even more amazing still. Not only does the King yearn to restore us to wholeness, but His desire is also to restore us back to our original purpose – that we may all personally reflect the wonder and goodness of The King, and be a vessel to bring His rule to this physical planet.

The true “Son of David” came not only to set us free from our servitude to sin, but also to set us back on course to fulfilling the King’s original purpose. Jesus came, not only as the means to restore this purpose, but also as the Model of this purpose. What we see in the life and ministry of Jesus, is what human beings were originally designed to be (and what they can be once again), through an unwavering devotion to the King.

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Jesus came to be the provision to bring all these things to reality for humanity. He came to bring the Kingdom of God within reach of human hearts. He came to make the King’s will a virtual reality in our lives once again. He came to provide the way for all humanity to become a personal member of the King’s household. And He came to show us what being a member of that household truly entails.

He came to deliver us from our sinful state. And He came to demonstrate what that deliverance provides – to show us what is possible as a member of the King’s household. True Christianity is the restoration and renewal of the King’s original design for mankind, made possible through the work of the King’s Own Son.

Seven – The Gifts of The Spirit, p. 258

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October 10

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(1 Corinthians 12:7, 9, 28)

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good… there is given through the Spirit… gifts of healing by that one Spirit… In the Church God has appointed… those having gifts of healing…”

In the life and ministry of Jesus, His healing aspect was often most prominent. Everywhere He went, Jesus healed the sick, cured diseases, gave sight to the blind, voice to the mute, and hearing to the deaf. He was even known to raise people from death. Not only was Jesus actively involved in healing people’s bodies, He was often just as active in healing their maladies of spirit. Demonic forces had brought many souls into the tyranny and bondage of demonic oppression and possession. Jesus was regularly seen casting out demons and restoring spiritual and psychological health to those so damaged and devastated by dark spiritual captors. Jesus continually demonstrated the power of the One True King to bring all things under the blessing, liberty, and freedom of His rule. Such was the desire, power, and anointing of The Christ.

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Healing is so vital that God is not just intent upon the welfare of our souls – but is also intent upon the wellness of our bodies. Jesus did not just come and preach salvation from sin – He also came and demonstrated the depths of what that salvation offered. As we have mentioned before, the true meaning of Scriptural salvation is wholeness – the total restoration of humanity’s souls, bodies and spirits.

When Jesus walked among us, His ministry was literally characterized by the wholeness He brought to everyone He touched. This is the very purpose of healing – to bring that which is broken, impaired, malfunctioning, or damaged, back to the wholeness of the Creator’s original design. This is the power of the King at work, in His Kingdom – healing and restoring those who have been so devastated by the ravages of this fallen world.

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As we also note, Jesus’ healing ministry afforded Him a tremendous audience everywhere He went. People came to see the Healer at work and, in the process, got to hear the Teacher speak of the Person and the power behind His healing work. Jesus did not heal just so He could preach about the Kingdom of God – but He healed to demonstrate the reality and the power of the Kingdom of God. The healing was the proof that the message was more than just lofty words about an unreachable God. His healing works proved that God was intently interested in meeting humanity’s needs on more than just a spiritual level.

The words about the Kingdom came with a demonstration of Who this King was – and of what He was capable of doing. Jesus was literally “God with us,” and this God cared about our hurts, our pains, and our maladies, just as much as He cared about our eternal souls.

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Six – Understanding the Holy Spirit, p. 204

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July 26

The Aspects of the Fruit of The Spirit

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (from Galatians 5:22-23)

  kindness 1 is to be benevolent and generous to others. The Greek word for “kindness” comes from a root word meaning: “fit for use, or useful.” The “flavor” of kindness makes us supremely useful for God’s purposes. Especially when we understand that kindness is best expressed in giving. We have already spent a great deal of time (in Chapter Two) talking about how God is a tremendous Giver. Giving is so wonderfully representative of His Nature. He delights in giving good things to those who please Him – and He even gives, graciously, to those who don’t. He gives to those whom He might deem worthy of some kindness – and He gives to those who are undeserving. This is the very essence behind such verses as: “The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made… He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous… He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (from Psalms 145:9; Matthew 5:45; Luke 6:35)

The very goodness of God is constantly reflected in His acts of kindness. We see this aspect of kindness so vividly displayed in the life of The Christ. Everywhere He went, He gave aid to those in need, whether their need was physical, emotional, or spiritual. Jesus practiced a lifestyle of giving, and the motivation behind His giving was compassion and kindness – even to those who wouldn’t even give Him a second thought after their particular need was met. High on the Holy Spirit’s list of direction for our lives, is acts of kindness. He seeks to inspire and motivate the willingness to give – in accord with God’s Own manner of kindness.

One last note: Scripture tells us that it is not God’s truth, but “God’s kindness (that) leads you to repentance.” (Romans 2:4) God’s Character is absolutely replete with kindness, and His kindness connects us all with His merciful love.