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Sunday, December 30, 2012


In Isaiah 63:7 we find the source of all of God’s actions toward us.  Note the twofold declaration of the prophet:
  • According to His compassion
  • According to the multitude of His lovingkindesses
Why does God engage with us?  Is it because of something we did?
The Lord’s love toward us is not deserved.  It is not extended on the basis of some inherent merit that abides in us.  It is not granted on the strength of our love or service to Him.  It is not earned.  It flows from His nature and character.  It is His choice in spite of who we are and what we do.

Paul picks up this thread in Romans 5:6 – 10.  Note Paul’s threefold description of us:
  • Helpless (6)
  • Sinners (8)
  • Enemies (10)
If God so treats us, how should that inform our treatment of others?