Monday, March 20, 2017

To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend...

" How forceful are RIGHT words! but what doth your arguing prove? Job 6:25

Do you ever read a chapter from the WORD and then find yourself researching other verses in the process to gain more insight on what the Lord has you learn? Sometimes I am so blessed to see how the whole WORD fits together so beautifully...

In my reading last night I came across a needed reprimand... and reminder... to be clothed with the robe of righteousness. 

There are so many situations in life. When we see others faced with a trial of sorts... how do we respond?  Most times we try to find a reason for the trial they may be going through. Sometimes we judge harshly...

And yet  I may be quite lax on myself when faced with the same sort of trial. 
It is so easy to judge isn't it? 

I was particularly touched with a couple of points in the book of Job... 

....the importance of showing pity 
... and speaking right words. 

Why do we have such a hard time speaking words that comfort ...or showing pity(kindness) to someone in need?

Are we any better in our own merit... far from it!

My thoughts went to the Lord Jesus ... who made himself of no reputation...and was forsaken/rejected by all.

No pity was shown.
No comforting words.

"Reproach hath broken my heart;
 and I am full of heaviness: 
and I looked for some to take pity, 
but there was none; 
and for comforters,
 but I found none." 
Psalm 69:20

Our judging of others, our lack of compassion, our lack of kindness and lack of comforting words... is it not directed as a reproach unto the Lord Jesus?  

Oh, Lord... humble me today... help me to see the need of comforting words and the showing of pity to the one in need.

Precious Father, How thankful we are  today to know that your goodness leads us to repentance. Help us to abide in your Word, that it may give us a fruitful understanding of your will. Guide our hearts and minds to know how we ought to speak and act for your glory.

May you be uplifted today... to lay aside the deeds of the flesh and be clothed in the robe of righteousness... for His name's sake.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

... the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon Me.

"And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom..." Matthew 27:51

This week has been a week of remembrance and thankfulness as I have dwelt much on the love of God towards us His people. 

Do you ever read a phrase or verse from the WORD that has deep impact on you... so much so that you meditate and ponder over it for a long time?

My heart was touched when I thought upon the Father removing all my offences and placing them upon the Lord Jesus... paying my debt. The thought wasn't anything new... but I found myself with renewed adoration for my Heavenly Father. 

Oh, the love of God... ... renting the veil of the temple in two... granting us access to the very presence of God, the Holy of Holies through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isn't it marvelous? 

Indeed it is overwhelming...  to think that God opened a way through the Lord Jesus Christ... the shedding of His precious Son's blood,

... once and for all.

"But now in Christ Jesus
 ye who sometimes were far off 
are made nigh by the blood of Christ." 
Ephesians 2:13

The Lord Jesus smitten in my stead. He pleased not Himself, but took my reproaches! 

"For even Christ pleased not himself; 
but, as it is written, 
The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me." 
Romans 15:3

I find myself without excuse when faced with thoughts of hurt or self-pity... there is no place for such thoughts when Christ has suffered in our stead.

No place to please ourselves...

Precious Father, With thankfulness we bow before your presence and acknowledge your kindness towards us. Thank you for removing the veil from us through the blood of our  Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to walk in obedience to your calling of us as children of Light and may all that we do and say be for your glory and not ours

May you be encouraged today to walk humbly before our Heavenly Father.


" Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. " 1 Corinthians 15:58