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An Attitude of Gratitude

October 17

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for HE is good: because HIS mercy endureth for ever."  Psalms 118:1

"... GOD is a most unjust BEING, far beyond what we are able to imagine." 

 

I am aware that the Bible touts the love of money as the root of all evil; but pride must surely be the fertilizer.  You know, that silly little egocentric notion that you somehow deserve better than what you've received.  Upon instant replay, all of the ingratitude, bitterness, anger, and hostility we embrace, is but falling into the arms of our own arrogance.  At the root of all that GOD is, toward us however, is mercy, that inexplicable withholding by HIM of what we truly do deserve.  The Psalmist plainly says here that the sole reason GOD is good is: "because HIS mercy endureth for ever."   Even now, were HIS mercy to fail but for one moment, Heaven would become the chief of ghost towns; and Hell, which enlarges itself, would work overtime, to keep up with the refugees of sin cascading over its gates.  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love GOD ..."  Could it be that GOD really is good, just like the Bible says; but the persistent love you hold for yourself, has hobbled your perception of HIS purposes toward you?

Injustice, as we understand it, is a concept relegated entirely to the horizontal.  Beyond our mainstream of comprehension though, is the fact that GOD is a most unjust BEING, far beyond what we are able to imagine.  Why, were HE to be completely just with us, where would we be (cf. Luke 16:19-31)?  The answer to that is found with all those who reject HIS offer of mercy, and thereby demand that GOD be fair with them ... the lone fact regarding sinners, which exceeds GOD'S mercy in my understanding!

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS mercy HE saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the HOLY GHOST"  Don't be confused in this present dispensation, the court of Heaven is not lenient, but it is in a pardoning mood.  "For when we were yet without strength, in due time CHRIST died for the ungodly."  The sentence of our sin has not been commuted, but communed, upon the sinless body of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.  "Or despisest thou the riches of HIS goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of GOD leadeth thee to repentance?"  All who grasp even the hem of that gospel, and accept HIM, have their eyes opened instantly to begin to truly understand that GOD is good. 

"Let them now that fear the LORD say, that HIS mercy endureth for ever."


For Love of Country
Ronald Wilson Reagan  (1911-2004)
(40th President of the United States)
"Without GOD there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience ... without GOD there is a coarsening of the society; without GOD democracy will not and cannot long endure ... If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under GOD, then we will be a Nation gone under."

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