It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Cords of Kindness

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love
Hosea 11:4

If God shed His tender grace on Ishmael, how tender would His heart be to His own holy nation? There are 4 segments of today’s study that will lead to the Heart of God.

Deuteronomy 7: 6-9

Here we find the reason God choose Israel.

“The Lord loved you, and because of His fidelity to the oath he had sworn to your fathers, that he brought you our of slavery, and ransomed you from the hand of Pharoh…The Lord your God is God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant …”

Isaiah 49:14-16

…see upon the palms of my hands I have written your name…
If you sometimes feel forgotten by God remember -- God will never forget his own, because their names are written in the tender palm of His hand.

Zephaniah 3: 14-17

Here we read that the King is in our midst and we have no further reason to fear. He will renew you with His love.

God is portrayed showing his tender heart and nurturing Spirit.

He pulls His fretting children in his arms and quiets them. Just as you would quiet a crying babe. We should allow God to be a parent to us by taking our fears and worries to Him and letting Him quiet us with His love.

Let Him soothe our hurt feelings. We cannot grow spiritually if we think of Him as only a Sovereign Judge.

Hosea 11: 1-4

God led His children by tying them with cords of kindness, the nurturing of God was their healing, whether or not they recognized Him.

He stooped to feed his children. How wonderful this picture of God is.

Psalm 81:10

I am the Lord your God… open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

The scriptures are full of God’s tender heart and nurturing Spirit.
We are urged to grasp this truth and allow our Father in Heaven to quiet us with His love.

“Try a little tenderness, it may be just what the doctor ordered.”

Tomorrow we’ll continue this study with ‘A Tenderhearted Savior’

‘On Ya’ - ma

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