|FOREVER LOVE -- The Network
F O R E V E R L O V E --
It begins with the amazing reality expressed by the Hebrew word,
C H E S E D
which can be expressed in the English language as:
M E R C Y, T E N D E R - L O V I N G K I N D N E S S .
Yet the words, as wonderful as they are, cannot begin to express the reality. It is nothing less than perfect love experienced through the Presence of the Living God -- the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
It is this indescribable love, the very essence of God's nature, which Holy Spirit uses to draw each one of God's children.
Let's observe the 21st Century New King James Bible, verse John 2:4 -
". . . Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"
Let's pause to meditate on this.
M E R C Y ,
T E N D E R - L O V I N G K I N D N E S S
Let us allow the perfectly-loving and merciful God, who came to us in His Son, Yeshua Ha-Meshiach (Jesus the Christ), to reveal Himself as our
FOREVER FATHER - for that is what He is.
During the period which the historic organized church has called "Advent",
the people are reminded that one of God's revealed names is,
Immanuel - God with us.
It takes God's gift, His Grace, to reveal to us what that really means.
Mere words are not enough. Let us boldly enter His Throne room through the Holy Blood of His Son, Yeshua, and wait in His Presence until He reveals Himself to us.
How did the ancient Hebrews experience the "CHESED" of GOD?
A Psalm of David.
Verses 1-5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits-
Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle's [strong, overcoming, soaring]!
Y E S !
This short passage of only five verses, can describe your life.
As you read, childlike faith can fill your being! As you read it out loud and enter into the LORD's Presence - because your will has been given to God - because you forgive all who hurt you and your family - because you desperately need to know Truth and how to separate it from deception. . . (Does this describe you?)
As we enter into the simple life of thanksgiving and adoration of God as David did, we will walk in faith and obedience as God's child. David experienced that. Although his own fleshly nature led him into deep sin, when he truly turned (repented), he was restored to fellowship with the Most High - His Father by divine covenant.
It was God's Son, Yeshua (Jesus) Who opened the door for us to Father's Presence. Through human ancestry, David's life preceded that of Yeshua. Yet the one born of a virgin had existed forever as the Divine Son - a mystery indeed!
As for their Father-Son relationship, He expressed it this way --
"So Jesus added, When you have lifted up the Son of Man [on the cross], you will realize (know, understand) that I am He [for Whom you look] and that I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say [exactly] what My Father has taught Me.
And He Who sent Me is ever with Me; My Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him."*
We too can know the great Creator of the Universe,
and of our own beings, as
A b b a --
D a d d y !
* John 8:28-29
Amplified Bible (AMP)