Monday, August 8, 2011

Man can be like God

God is not like man, but man can be like God.
Jesus demonstrated this thorough his earthly life.
He showed what man is like when he agrees with God
in everything.
God listens.
We have been given an ability to “hear what the Spirit says to the churches”.
Many things we haven’t heard because we haven’t listened.
Listening often demands a lot of patience and self-control.
No wonder that God is called the God of patience. Romans 15:5
When we listen we connect.
God speaks.
He doesn’t play childish games of punishing others by not speaking.
He created the world by speaking and continues to speak from heaven
and in heaven.
God gives. He is not sparing his gifts. He is not holding back his mercies.
He gives to his own hurt, to the point of laying down his own life.
He loves the world by giving freely.
God forgives.
Whenever we forgive we are like God.
Our animal nature doesn’t agree with forgiveness.
Our new nature finds it’s strength in uncompromising forgiveness.
God loves to the end. John 13:1
He doesn’t love only for pleasure in comfortable times.
He loves for better for worse, when things are for us and when they are not.
His love never fails.

Forgive as he has forgiven. Ephesians 4:32
Love as he has loved. Ephesians 5:2
Be holy as He is holy. I Peter 1:16

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