Words from the Heart for Friday February 8th, 2019

The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.

Numbers 14:18 (NLT)

 

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The Guilty

In Ontario, if you receive a ticket from a Provincial Offenses Officer, a speeding ticket for example, there are two guilty plea options. The first is to simply pay the ticket. Most people do this. A second option is to plead guilty with explanation. By doing so you have the opportunity to explain your financial circumstances to the Justice of the Peace in an effort to get your fine lessened, or be given a longer period of time to pay the fine. Demerit points, however, remain the same.

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Many people are under the impression that the God of the Old Testament is different than the God of the New Testament. They believe that the God of the Old Testament is angry, spiteful and vengeful. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Numbers 14:18 says, “The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.” God’s nature is a perfect balance between love and justice. The justice side cannot simply ignore sin. We all have a sense of justice that calls for just sentencing for those who have been found guilty of crimes. If human beings do, God does even more so. So He can’t just ignore sin. But He also loves each and every one of us, and we are all guilty. So He solved the justice/love issue by sending Jesus to take upon Himself the punishment we deserved. For God so loved.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley