Monday, June 27, 2011

Attributes of God--F

God is FAITHFUL--God always keeps his promises.

Psalm 33:4
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

Psalm 36:5
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Psalm 86:15
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 145:13
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

Lamentations 3:22-24
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

God is FORGIVING-- Forgiveness is a difficult concept. Often in our culture, we understand it to mean tolerance, the act of suffering someone's misdeed and saying, "It's OK; it doesn't matter." This is not Biblical forgiveness; indeed, it cannot be, because God is just and fair and always true. To say that an injustice is "OK" is not just, it is not fair, and it is not a true statement. There was only one way God could forgive us for our sins against him. He paid the price for our sins with the blood of his only begotten Son. Without the shed blood of Jesus, there could be no forgiveness for our sins. Our sins did matter, and God forgave us by paying the required ransom for our souls, not by saying, "It doesn't matter; it's OK." Forgiveness is very costly, and that is why it is so hard for us to do. However, Ephesians 4:32 tells us to go around "...forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Those who are in Christ receive forgiveness from sins. Those who are not in Christ will be punished justly on the last day.

Numbers 14:18
‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’

Psalm 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Psalm 99:8
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.

Daniel 9:9
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;

Micah 7:18
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

Psalm 103:3 & 12
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases... as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Acts 13:38
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Next up, G.

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