A Compassionate God

It is often said by an unbelieving world, “I cannot follow a God who would allow so much evil in this world and bad things to happen to good people.” God is seen as an angry malevolent being that demands an impossible list of values and punishes all those who do not live up to them. God is the “taker-away” of fun, the designer of prejudice and the author of self righteous piety.

Jesus is often seen as the arbitrator of peace between an angry God and disobedient people. In a type of celestial good cop, bad cop, Jesus comes in and pats the heads and kisses the booboos of all the humans God has so ruthlessly condemned. Then, if I say a prayer that I believe Jesus is real and he is God and follow His instructions I will appease the Father’s wrath and get to go to heaven and not suffer at the hands of satan, Gods nemesis, for all eternity.

Does any of the above sound familiar to you? Has any of the previous lines of thought been told to you by an unbelieving friend or maybe you have had those exact thoughts yourself?

From experience, I can tell you that most, if not all of the above arguments come from ignorance and not experience. Before you write me off for that statement think about it for a minute. How often as a child, then a teenager, you looked at your parent’s actions and thought they were so mean, stupid and uninformed with the decisions they made. Only to become an adult with kids of your own and realize they weren’t so off after all. How much more are we unaware of the nature and compassion of God if we begin to judge him based off of a faint picture of what He is doing in this world.

Take a moment this week and read Jonah 4, I want you to see the compassion of God in a way that will bring you to your knees, allow the humility of Jesus bring you to a humility of your own thinking and ask God to give you a heart like His, without it, we will never be able to exhibit the same kind of selfless compassion He has asked of us.

Peace,
Nathan Bentley

    Comments

    1. Avatar for lpcreativearts Richard B Hetland : February 21, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      I’m looking forward to this Sunday’s message, Nathan. I know I’m not the first to say how much I enjoyed the message delivered by Jerry. As he is with our local Bible studies, Jerry has the true passion for sharing the word of the Lord. I, also, wanted to say how much I enjoyed the solo sung by Brenda Richin. I think the other 2 services would have enjoyed her performance as the first service.

      Being a part of Life Point has changed my life in so many ways. Especially for leading me to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. God bless you for all that you and the other pastors do for our community.

    2. I am looking forward to hearing this message. God is moving in a powerful way in our lives at this time. I always feel the Holy Spirit is speaking through you.

    3. Avatar for lpcreativearts HELEN SALVARRIA : February 22, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      One can not judge a book by it’s cover. One can not presume what other’s are thinking or why. Everyone has to be accountable for their actions. God knows what He is doing and we as a people need to get on board,give our heart and soul’s to Him and listen to what He is saying to us. His word is gospel. Surely am looking forward to Sunday. I think this sermon is going to hit home for a lot of people as it has for me. Made me say, Hmmm.

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