The Mercy of God

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Morning

“The mercy of God.”   Psalm 52:8

Meditate a little on this mercy of the Lord. It is tender mercy. With gentle, loving touch, he healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He is as gracious in the manner of his mercy as in the matter of it. It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; his mercy is like himself–it is infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favours and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God. It is undeserved mercy, as indeed all true mercy must be, for deserved mercy is only a misnomer for justice. There was no right on the sinner’s part to the kind consideration of the Most High; had the rebel been doomed at once to eternal fire he would have richly merited the doom, and if delivered from wrath, sovereign love alone has found a cause, for there was none in the sinner himself. It is rich mercy. Some things are great, but have little efficacy in them, but this mercy is a cordial to your drooping spirits; a golden ointment to your bleeding wounds; a heavenly bandage to your broken bones; a royal chariot for your weary feet; a bosom of love for your trembling heart. It is manifold mercy. As Bunyan says, “All the flowers in God’s garden are double.” There is no single mercy. You may think you have but one mercy, but you shall find it to be a whole cluster of mercies. It is abounding mercy. Millions have received it, yet far from its being exhausted; it is as fresh, as full, and as free as ever. It is unfailing mercy. It will never leave thee. If mercy be thy friend, mercy will be with thee in temptation to keep thee from yielding; with thee in trouble to prevent thee from sinking; with thee living to be the light and life of thy countenance; and with thee dying to be the joy of thy soul when earthly comfort is ebbing fast.

Evening

THE DEW OF HEAVEN

THE DEW OF HEAVEN

“This sickness is not unto death.”   John 11:4

From our Lord’s words we learn that there is a limit to sickness. Here is an “unto” within which its ultimate end is restrained, and beyond which it cannot go. Lazarus might pass through death, but death was not to be the ultimatum of his sickness. In all sickness, the Lord saith to the waves of pain, “Hitherto shall ye go, but no further.” His fixed purpose is not the destruction, but the instruction of his people. Wisdom hangs up the thermometer at the furnace mouth, and regulates the heat.

1. The limit is encouragingly comprehensive. The God of providence has limited the time, manner, intensity, repetition, and effects of all our sicknesses; each throb is decreed, each sleepless hour predestinated, each relapse ordained, each depression of spirit foreknown, and each sanctifying result eternally purposed. Nothing great or small escapes the ordaining hand of him who numbers the hairs of our head.

2. This limit is wisely adjusted to our strength, to the end designed, and to the grace apportioned. Affliction comes not at haphazard–the weight of every stroke of the rod is accurately measured. He who made no mistakes in balancing the clouds and meting out the heavens, commits no errors in measuring out the ingredients which compose the medicine of souls. We cannot suffer too much nor be relieved too late.

3. The limit is tenderly appointed. The knife of the heavenly Surgeon never cuts deeper than is absolutely necessary. “He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” A mother’s heart cries, “Spare my child;” but no mother is more compassionate than our gracious God. When we consider how hard-mouthed we are, it is a wonder that we are not driven with a sharper bit. The thought is full of consolation, that he who has fixed the bounds of our habitation, has also fixed the bounds of our tribulation.

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Truth! It matters to God

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Mark 5:30 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

Luke 6:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Luke 8:46 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

Philippians 4:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2 Peter 1:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2 Peter 1:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;


 

Peace

Matthew 5:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 10:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

Matthew 10:34 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Matthew 20:31 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

Matthew 26:63 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

Mark 1:25 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Mark 3:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

Mark 4:39 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Mark 5:34 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Mark 9:34 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Mark 9:50 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Mark 10:48 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Mark 14:61 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

Luke 1:79 | View whole chapter | See verse in context To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 2:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:29 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

Luke 4:35 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

Luke 7:50 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Luke 8:48 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Luke 10:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

Luke 10:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

Luke 11:21 | View whole chapter | See verse in context When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Luke 12:51 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Luke 14:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

Luke 14:32 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

Luke 18:39 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Luke 19:38 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

Luke 19:40 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Luke 19:42 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Luke 20:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.


 

Character

Proverbs 6:16-19 – These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:   (Read More…)

Romans 5:4 – And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Psalms 1:1 – Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

1 John 2:3-4 – And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.   (Read More…)

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 – Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.   (Read More…)

Proverbs 22:1 – A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold.

2 Peter 1:5-8 – And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;   (Read More…)

John 6:67-71 – Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?   (Read More…)

2 Thessalonians 3:6 – Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

Proverbs 8:14 – Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength.

James 4:8 – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.

1 Peter 1:14 – As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

1 Timothy 3:2-7 – A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;   (Read More…)

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 – Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.   (Read More…)

Psalms 14:1-4 – (To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David.) The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.   (Read More…)

Ecclesiastes 7:1 – A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Matthew 7:17 – Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Ephesians 5:1 – Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Philippians 4:5 – Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.


 

What does God’s Word say about Virtue?

Mark 5:30 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

Luke 6:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Luke 8:46 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

Philippians 4:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2 Peter 1:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2 Peter 1:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;


 

What does God’s Word say about Honesty?

WORD OF GOD IS THE LIGHT TO YOUR PATH!

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Proverbs 19:1 – Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Proverbs 6:16-20 – These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:   (Read More…)

2 Corinthians 8:21 – Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

1 Peter 3:10-12 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:   (Read More…)

Philippians 4:8-9 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.   (Read More…)

Colossians 3:9 – Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Matthew 5:37 – But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Proverbs 16:13 – Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Luke 6:31 – And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Hebrews 13:18 – Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

Exodus 20:16 – Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Acts 24:16 – And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] Amen.


 

Second Coming of Christ

My Heart’s Desire

 

1 Corinthians 15:23 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ‘s at his coming.

 

Philippians 1:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.