Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
07/17/2014, by John Kincaid
Lesson 300: God's Unfailing Love
Repentance cries out for our close relationship with God to be restored. Our sin has caused damage; only God’s steadfast, unfailing love can heal.
Repentance involves admitting to God, and to ourselves, that some temptation was more desirable than being in the presence of God. Alcohol, drugs, money, candy bars.
Repentance asks God to restore what we foolishly squandered. Remember the prodigal son in Luke 15? He wasted all the blessings his father gave him.
But when he came to his senses, his father welcomed him home with open arms.
Repentance asks God to make His love so precious to us that we could not bear to betray Him.
Repentance chooses to remember God’s perfect love, as demonstrated in Christ’s sacrifice. Repentance chooses not to dwell on things that tempt us to doubt His love.
Psa.33:5, 18, 22 NIV The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love… the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love… May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.