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Love and hate, together - Ecclesiastes 3:1;8

May 2, 2011
Ecclesiastes 3:1 Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven: 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

The speech that rocked the world last night has been in my heart and mind since I sat at the edge of my chair waiting to hear it. There’s a surreal feel to it all, how can we celebrate cruelty just after we celebrated a royal wedding: love and hate? Someone said that there will be ‘one more evil person rotting in hell.’ If that was the case, what hope would we all have? What could King David base his hope on since he not only took a man’s wife, but he had the man killed and then married the man’s widow. That’s low to go, but obviously redeemable in God’s eyes.

Honestly, I don’t know the answers, but I do know this: There is a compassionate God who is waiting to take his sinful creations into his arms and to let them know that they are loved unconditionally regardless of what they've done. We experience unconditional forgiveness when we turn around our thinking. It’s never easy to do things God’s way. Yet if he can forgive us, can we forgive others? Check in with God before you cast judgment. After all, some battles are for God and thankfully, he’s always the judge.

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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
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