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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Comforting Words (part 5): The God of All Comfort

Last time we explored “Three Reasons To Find Comfort In The Trinity.” Paul writes that God is to be praised because our God is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3) The truth we investigate here is that God receives praise because of Who He is: The God of all comfort!  

The comfort Jesus received while ministering here on earth is the same comfort Paul received during his ministry and is the same we receive today because the Father loves His Son. Listen Zechariah prophesy over his son, John:

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:76-79).

John’s life was explained by the Father of  Mercy. Did you see it? John will do all these things "because of the tender mercy of our God . . ." Realize also how the first mercy ministry of the church is connected to the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins found in Christ. 

The tender mercy of our God is really plural, "mercies." They are without number:

“I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy.” (Ps 5:7)

“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the  multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.” (Ps 51:1)

“Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go.” (Neh 9:19)

God gives us what we do not deserve. “[Through] the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. [They are] new every morning; Great [is] Your  faithfulness.” (Lam 3:22)

I find great comfort to know that His mercy outnumbers, outweighs my sins.

His mercy explains my life. Does it, yours? 

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