Full Assurance In The Heart – Day 17May 4, 2011
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
King David ended Psalms 23 with a confident declaration of what he came to know about God; and that it was God’s goodness and mercy that followed him and kept him.
Are you confident about the goodness of God? There are a lot of people that think God is punishing them in order to get them to repent. But that is not what the Bible teaches.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
Life has enough punishment in itself and really doesn’t need God’s help. Then there are a lot of things that we do to ourselves that is very punishing. Then we mistakenly think that punishing ourselves will make us behave better. But it really only makes us punishers, as the punished shall punish. That’s why Jesus Christ had to be punished for you so that you would stop punishing yourself and others.
Jesus willingly made Himself a punishment sacrifice for us all. So that once and for all we could understand that God is not looking to punish us or condemn us but to instead redeem us.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Go about your day with a full assurance in the heart knowing that there is no punishment or condemnation to those who have made an exchange at the Cross. Rejoice and feast upon His goodness that wraps you in His unfailing love.
1So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
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