“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy,” Psalm 145:8.
Living by faith is difficult on the flesh. God knows that. Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. Some think Jesus could have sinned in the flesh and had to burn out temptation in a fleshly body to earn the right to be our perfect sacrifice. However, Christ was the perfect Lamb slain before the foundation of the world and did not have to earn that right. He was tempted in all points like as we are that He might know firsthand what we go through and be the compassionate High Priest.
God cannot sin. He can make rules for man that He does not have to keep. He can tell man not to kill, and He can wipe whole races of man from the earth. Man may think that is not fair, but God is the Creator, and He does not consult with man before executing His plans. God determines what is best for man, regardless of man’s attitude about it. Yet, He is long-suffering toward man, not willing that any should perish, but that all would repent and come to Him. He is an ever-present help to give aid in times of need. He knows our limitations, and when we cross the line while depending on our own resources, He is full of grace to help us. First, we must acknowledge that we cannot handle life on our own. We were created to function plugged in to the source of our energy, both physical and spiritual energy. Regardless of how magnificent a motor might be, it can do nothing of itself without an outside source of energy. Jesus quoted this law, “Without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Nothing is all inclusive.
Perhaps you know someone whose life is confused and mangled. Have him read 2 Corinthians 4:6-10.
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