Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 28, 2014
One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.” Psalm 62:11-12a
The Lord is all-powerful and all-loving. He is tough and tender. Jesus Christ is angry at religious hypocrisy and forgiving toward genuine repentance. He is a strong support in the middle of suffering and provides loving reminders to those who stray from His ways. He is friends with sinners and prays for His enemies. His holy heart lovingly leads with wisdom and mercy. Our image of God influences how we treat others. For example, our children need us to be tough and tender. We love them by explaining the “why” behind “what” we ask them to do. Wise rules enforced with a gracious attitude bring the best results.
Are you troubled by the tension that God is both tough and tender? If so, use this discomfort to place yourself in an aggressive posture of prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in the appropriate way to apply firmness and friendliness in your work relationships. Things and people are normally not as bad or good as they might seem. Your family and friends need to see you tough and tender. By God’s grace be humbly bold!
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Related Readings: Exodus 15:13; Psalm 36:7; Acts 4:33; 6:8; Ephesians 3:18
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