“His Truth” ( Psalm 95: 10-13, DRA ) by Carley Evans


10 Say ye among the Gentiles, the Lord hath reigned. For he hath corrected the world, which shall not be moved: he will judge the people with justice.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, let the sea be moved, and the fulness thereof:

12 the fields and all things that are in them shall be joyful. Then shall all the trees of the woods rejoice

13 before the face of the Lord, because he cometh: because he cometh to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with justice, and the people with his truth.

An appropriate view of God is to recognize Him as Parent. Jesus is smart to introduce God, His Father as our Father when He prays, “Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.” David calls God “King” and “Judge.” And yes, God is our King and our Judge. But above these roles, He is our Parent. He corrects us like the perfect parent corrects – with justice and love.

And so, the heavens rejoice; and the earth is glad. Everything on the earth is joyful “because He comes; because He comes to judge the earth…with justice, and the people with HIS TRUTH.”

 

“What Credit Is That To You?” ( Luke 6: 33, NIV ) by Carley Evans


Often I think the Christian walk requires us to have a willingness to be taken advantage of by others — a meekness that would give the thief our shoes as well as the cloak he has stolen from us; a gentleness that would allow the bully to strike us a second time rather than hit him back.

Jesus is the Lamb of God quietly taken to slaughter — a slaughter resulting in our redemption. Jesus definitely allows Himself to be taken advantage of by others.

Jesus tells us, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.” (Luke 6:35)

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.” (Luke 6:32) Rather, “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

We are called to be merciful to those who do not deserve our mercy, just as God is merciful to us — we who do not deserve His mercy. “For if [we] forgive men when they sin against [us], [our] Heavenly Father will also forgive [us]. But if [we] do not forgive men their sins, [our] Father will not forgive [our] sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)