Psalm 103:10 —he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. *
"Maybe you’ve heard well-meaning people say, “God caused this [insert something horrid] to teach me a lesson.” What kind of holy God would He be if He went around doing wrong? Evil and its consequences come from a lot of different avenues because we live in a broken world. However, God doesn’t broker evil in our lives. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10 ). Run your circumstances through the grid of that verse.
The thief is Satan. God is working in our lives to bring about life to the fullest—in, through, and even in spite of the destruction the enemy hurls against us. When evil happens, God can ultimately take what was meant for destruction and turn it for good. He doesn’t bring evil, but because of His power and redemptive work, He is not limited by it. He never wastes pain. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28). His goodness is not limited, except for where we limit Him in our lives. Thriving: Trusting god for life to the fullest.
If our Lord God treated me like I deserved I would probably be in Hell already.
He has blessed me (and my daughter too) with a new relationship with a great man despite the fact I sinned gravely to start it. (I let him see me immodestly dressed to get him to lust after me.)
Amen! It's good to meet you Shelly! I think your statement is true for all of us, as we've all sinned and continue to do so. Praise God that He always forgives our sins when we confess them and repent. God's Word says His gifts and blessings to us are good and perfect. We couldn't ask for a more wonderful God than that!
As someone who was hurt by the kind of sin you described, I pray for God's forgiveness, for none of us are worthy.
So true Laurie. I know that when I was first saved, I knew and understood very little about sin and what it was. I only understood enough to know that I was a sinner, but thought I was "basically a good person". The more I've studied His Word over the years, the more I've discovered what a truly wicked person I was and am, and that the only good in me is what He has put there.
Jesus took upon Himself everything we deserve, and He was completely sinless.
Jesus was beaten to a pulp before He was crucified. He was so marred by the beating He received He was unrecognisable as a man. The iffigy I see hanging on the cross in Catholic churches depicts a man who has trickles of blood on his forhead, in his side and where the nails were in his hands and feet.
Isa 52:14, As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
They plucked His beard from His face and they spat in His face.
Isa 50:6, I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Jesus received 39 lashes. This was in accord with the maximum amount of lashes allowed by Jewish law. The number was based on the theory that 39 was the maximum amount of lashes that a person could endure without dying.
The number is likely to emphasize the torture Jesus endured on the way to the cross.
Lashes were inflicted with a flagrum, which was a whip constructed of leather straps with metal and glass attached to them. The act of whipping prisoners prior to crucifying them was called scouring.
Despite Jesus's crucifixion being accredited to the Jews, crucifixion was not a known punishment of the Jews. It was a Roman punishment. It was this cruel Roman punishment the Jewish Chief Priests and officers and the people cried out that they wanted carried out. Pilot found Jesus innocent, but the Chief priests and the people never let up demanding Jesus be crucified.
John 19:6, When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
Luke 23:20-23, V. 23, Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. 21, But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. 22, And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. 23, And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
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