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God is a God of love because God is love (II Cor. 13:11; I John 4:8). When John says that God is love we know that it is an intrinsic part of His nature and that it is perfect in every respect. It’s expression is also perfect. When God stated that He loved Israel He says that He loved them with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). It is a love that does not end or fail.
In describing His relationship with Israel, the Lord presents Israel as a child, newly born from Egyptian bondage (Hos. 11:1). God said that though He loved Israel as a son and drew him with bands of love (Hos. 11:4), though He took them by the arm and led them, they did not know that He healed them (Hos. 11:3). THey were bent on backsliding and rejection of the Lord’s call. But even so, God’s love for them was such that He could not give them up (Hos. 11:8). His love tempered His anger against their rebellion (Hos. 1:9). . . .
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This question is not intended to imply that sin has ceased to exist. Sin has been in the world since man’s disobedience in the garden of Eden, and will be so until time is declared no more. The thrust of this article is to show how so many take certain sins, give them another name, as though they can minimize the severity of them. We will note eleven specific examples.
1) Stealing is no longer stealing, it is kleptomania. The claim is made that this kind of person cannot control themselves. And so we tend to overlook them and feel sorry for them.
To steal is to take what belongs to another without consent. Jesus teaches a thief comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Read what Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Eph. 4:28). Look at the penalty for . . .
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses" – Abraham Lincoln
THE LOVE OF GOD
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
Frederick M. Lehman, 1917
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)
What can separate us from the love of God?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER
What fruit is better than fine gold and choice silver?
Prov. 8:12-19 - I wisdom...My fruit is better than gold, yea,than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE
(Theme: Love) Monday, May 20 - II Cor. 13:11; I John 4:8; Jer. 31:3; Hos. 11:1-7; Is. 43:3,4; Tit. 3:3,4 Tuesday, May 21 - John 3:16; John 15:9; Song 8:7; Eph. 5:21-33; Rom. 8:31-39 Wednesday, May 22 - I Cor. 13:1-8; I John 4:7, 9-21 Thursday, May 23 - Rom. 13:8-10; Prov. 15:17; I Tim. 1:5; 4:12; II Tim. 2:22; I Pet. 1:7 Friday, May 24 - John 13:34; Matt. 22:37-39; Col. 3:14; Heb. 13:1; I Pet. 4:8; I John 5:2,3
Weekly Memory Verses
I John 4:19 - We love Him, because He first loved us.