We are nothing like God

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6, 35-36, NASB.)

Do you love your enemies?  God does.  He loves His enemies because He is kind.

“For He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” (Verse 35)

Is all of your behavior good?  God’s is.  He always does good.  Our attempts at doing good, on the other hand, are called “dead works” (Hebrews 6 and 9.)

How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14, NASB)

Are you a merciful person?  Are you full of mercy and compassion and forgiveness toward others?  Well, hallelujah!  God is!  He is the only One who is merciful.  That is good news because we really need His mercy!

The first verses listed above, from Luke 6, are part of the famous “Beatitudes,” a.k.a., The Sermon on the Mount.  In that sermon Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, trying to get them to see that they needed Him as their Messiah, their Saviour.  But the fact is that they had already rejected Him and at that point in the story, they were already planning to destroy Him, to do away with Him.  Why?  Because, according to them, He “worked” on the Sabbath Day.

Yes.  How dare Him, right?  He actually walked through a grain field and allowed His disciples to pick wheat and eat it.  In addition, He healed a man who had a withered hand . . .  on the Sabbath day!!!  Shocking, huh?

The Pharisees were like, “You evil unrighteous person!  You picked wheat!  You healed a man!”  . . . uh?  Okay.

It’s ridiculous to us, of course.  But to them, it was audacious and wrong and against the rules!!!

And yet, all of us, at one time or another were just like the Pharisees.  Blind, rule-following, religious, prideful jerks who rejected Jesus and saw no need for His love, His goodness, His mercy.

But . . . I can take a deep breath, take a sigh of relief and rejoice in His mercy to me.

“He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” (Luke 6:35)

I can be thankful today and every day, no matter what my circumstances are, because He has saved me by faith through grace.

I just want to praise Him today and remember that I am NOTHNG like Him.  Neither are you, if you’re honest, and that is good news!  Because He is God, and we are not.

 

 

7 thoughts on “We are nothing like God

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  2. Tom

    Thank you for your posts! I have been reading them for some time and I look forward to reading each new one that you write. I decided to write a comment this time. This post in particular spoke to my heart. Daily we hear and read in the news about the chaos occurring around the U.S. and the world and Ecclesiastes 9:3 comes to mind: “Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives.” We definitely “are nothing like God”. We are not born in His image. We are born dead in the fallen nature and image of Adam. The daily news is a constant reminder of this fact. Oh, that many would come to realize their desperate need for His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and for the restoration of the Holy Spirit in their lives which He has so lovingly provided by means of the Cross and Christ’s Resurrection. Thank you for this reminder that in spite of the fact that even though all of our deeds are like “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6), “He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men” (Luke 6:35). What more can we say but “Thank you, Lord, for having mercy upon me and for saving me!” every moment of our lives. “Thank you and Praise You, God, that You are God and we are not!”

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    1. momforfreedom

      Tom! Thank you so much! Your words are really encouraging, and I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

      I hope you’ve got all of your leaves raked and bagged up! Lol. 😀. (It’s laughable how much I enjoy reading about all of your oak trees! You gotta give us a photo one of these days!)

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      1. Tom M.

        Hello! I am the ‘Tom’ that posted last night. I am new to your posts. I will add an M. to my name to distinguish myself from the other ‘Tom’ who has oak trees. I live in California and have nothing but dry, brown shrubs and palm trees. Yes, there happens to be an ocean as well, but it is miles away. Thanks again for your wonderful posts! Blessings!

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    2. momforfreedom

      Okay, my last reply to you, Tom M. from CA! Just had to add that I so appreciate the words of wisdom and understanding that you shared in your comment. Do you write on WordPress or have a website? (I hope so!). The verse you shared from Ecclesiastes is really timely (to me) and insightful and just very much appreciated. Well, everything you said is. So thanks again for taking the time to write; it was a joy to meet a like-minded brother.

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  3. momforfreedom

    Oooh! Hi there, Tom M.! Well, it is so GREAT to meet you! And I hope you can make it over to the Pacific Ocean one of these days soon! 👍🏼 Thank you again for the kind words; they really mean so much. Writing doesn’t come easy for me, but I love being here and doing what the Lord has led me to do.

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  4. suzetteduch

    I absolutely love this, and praise God , im not like Him or dont want to be😄 this is beautiful my sister. Thank you so much for posting this . can’t wait to read more of your writing. Love you sis

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