In this article, we will discuss the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and the fiery passion of God’s compassion for a war-torn and devastated landscape—a land overcome by the apostasy of false doctrines, unbelief, and the dangers of a loveless and bigotry taught religious divide that facilitates separation and discord.
In the Bible, Jesus warns against those who make for themselves teachers to suit their appetites in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, which reads: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
Additionally, in Proverbs 6:16-19, God makes it clear that He hates those who sow discord among brothers: “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
Subsequently, anything a person or an organization pushes that mirrors a heretical gospel facilitates the anti-Christ movement. Paul does not mince words when were told in 1 Timothy 6:3 that anyone who teaches a different doctrine that doesn’t agree with Jesus’ sound teachings in agreement with godliness is godless. Indeed, If it’s not Christ, it is the antichrist Spirit at work.
That said, let’s reflect on scripture as we talk about the mercies of God during these devastating times and confusion. Indeed, God’s love and compassion for us as lost souls and sinners is easy to see in the message of the cross.
Despite our sins and shortcomings, God loved us unconditionally and desired to have a relationship with us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This verse shows that even though we were sinners, God loved us enough to send his son Jesus to die for our sins.
That said, recall Christ’s character in Matthew 9:36; the Bible says, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Likewise, Jesus’ heart was filled with mercy and compassion for all people, regardless of their past or current situations. He forgave sinners, healed the sick, and welcomed the outcasts.
In Matthew 5:7, Jesus teaches that the blessed are merciful, for they will receive mercy. For this reason, we show mercy to others, thus displaying the love of Christ and fulfilling His commandment to love one another. We should always strive to have a heart of compassion, just as Jesus did, and extend grace and forgiveness to those in need. By following the example of Jesus, we can positively impact the world around us and bring glory to God. It’s all about love and family, whether blood, spiritual, or as God’s creation as a whole.
God’s love and mercy aren’t limited to just believers but extend to all people, including the backslidden, overly religious without relationships, and the unbelievers. 2 Peter 3:9, says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” This love is the charity of God that desires all people to repent and turn to him.
These days require firm biblical instruction that is without confusion so that all can come to the knowledge of God. Even for those who consider themselves religious, God’s love and mercy still applies.
Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” This verse shows that no matter how religious someone may be, they are still sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and mercy.
In the same way that the Pharisees hated Jesus because He did not side with their hypocrisy, God’s people are hated today for the truth and anointing, yet forgetting that the anointing is Christ. Remember, and for some, Psalm 45:7 explains that, You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
That said, do not be alarmed if you are treated like vagrants and Paupers like Christ because it’s God in you they can’t stand, so they disagree. As the prophet exclaims in Isaiah 61:1, The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners. Therefore don’t expect it to be easy because, as you know, the cost comes with a hefty price.
Nonetheless, to build on the gospel’s rock-solid foundation, the old systems, and mindsets that don’t align with God’s word must be dismantled. We are doing so in love and biblical truth and through God’s wisdom, not our own.
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