But the most precious work of God's Spirit is to unify the body of Christ. Receive Jesus as the Lord of Time and Space! The Difference the Spirit Makes. No, Paul's grace-filled address to these people is a picture of God's unrelenting love. It is condensed so we can see the main struggle in the people of Nehemiah's day. A pre-teen asked the question of his Sunday School teacher, “How will I be happy in heaven if I know someone I loved didn’t receive Jesus and is now in hell?” Tough question, no easy answer. We know this about it: whatever grace is, Paul... 2. There are many parallels in the Bible of God’s unrelenting love for us. It means removing all jealousy and competition, and no longer comparing yourself to another. There is but one condition for this to take place: simply believe. We're all still fighting, still having to rely on faith in God's promises of mercy. “… But what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!”. He didn't push his divine weight around to gain power or recognition. What a marvelous description of the love of God. Jesus didn't come to magnify himself or bring himself glory. So, in answering that question, our response should always be one of hope. Human love fails. Our fleshly nature is beyond redemption, and therefore it must be crucified. Beloved, any believer can become as much like Jesus as he or she desires. And the change came by the preaching of God's love. Likewise, the New Testament refers to spiritual riches as opposed to the deceitfulness of worldly wealth. When Christ walked on earth, he wasn't in competition with anybody. Christ passed up every opportunity to be the greatest among his fellow men. You have to give up trying to change your flesh's nature, and let me give you my Son's nature. At other times, I feel like I'm in a living hell, condemned and unworthy. Lewis describes the unrelenting love and pursuit of the father in his autobiography Surprised by Joy: You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. Make this your prayer today: "Holy Spirit, I know I don't have much of the grace Paul is talking about. In fact, it's that nature in us that gets easily provoked, jealous, lustful, angry, unforgiving. Think of what Paul was saying. Shortly after the funeral, this minister was strongly rebuked by the Lord – not in an audible voice, but through a strong unction within his spirit. Lyrics for Memorial by Ike Ndolo. Paul made an explicit call for order, instructing them, "Learn to hold your peace. I know I've been given the power to be changed by you. Verse 8 proves this: "Charity [love] never faileth." And Paul's second letter proves that God chooses to use love as his way of showing his power. Therefore, when God looks at us, he sees us not according to our sinful condition, but according to our heavenly position in Christ. I know many ministers who talk much of God's love and freely offer it to others. How God relentlessly pursue us, even when we fall short or do not deserve His love. God was securing his people. The love of God is not fragile, it is not soft, it is not dependent on circumstances – it is unrelenting. The old has to pass away. Yet, in spite of all their carnality, God directed Paul to write to these people as "the church of God...them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints...Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ" (1:2-3). Think about it: he never prayed down blessings on himself so he could be known or accepted by others. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation" (2 Corinthians 7:11, 9-10). As children of God, we need to remember we have the DNA of our Heavenly Father – who is the God of Hope (Romans 15:13). The church was full of self-exaltation, self-promotion, self-seeking. It’s my favorite story of all: the story of God’s unrelenting love. Growing up as a boy in Colorado and Washington, he came to know the Lord at an early age. That was the unrelenting love of God. He seeks to establish fellowship among God's people, by his unifying power. We have to be given a new nature, and that nature is the very nature of Christ. He sought the high priest's authorization to hunt down believers, so he could charge into their homes and drag them off to prison. And the most exciting part is, it’s not just some novel collecting dust on a bookshelf. Most believers have read this passage over and over. Instead, God is something that we participate in. Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? The Children’s Ministries are re-adopting a new curriculum entitled “Godly Play”. Instead, he judges us by our position. MARCH 14+15, 2020 UNRELENTING LOVE LOVE SAVES. Whenever most of us sin and fail God, we lose all sense of the truth of his love for us. This is especially true of many pastors. I know you know that God loves you. Yet, in spite of David's sin, God kept pursuing him in love. God’s Love given the chance has healed every heart, every hurt and everyone His Love has ever come in contact with. He didn't exalt himself at the expense of poor, less able men. This means admitting, "I can never please God on my own. As we read of Paul's life, we see a man bent on destroying God's church. Babies seek only to have their own needs met. It was that the man's soul might be saved (see 1 Corinthians 5:5). Through union with Christ we are more known by God than we are to our own selves. Like the praying grandmother, we should speak into and over the lives of those who are resistant to the message of the Gospel. But in his second letter, Paul focuses on God's love. He said, in essence, “Even though I wasn’t conscious of it, God was pursuing me. Instead, everyone rejoices when a brother or sister is blessed. It withstands every failure, every disappointment. Paul was like a madman in his hatred for Christians. Others were so proud, they thought nothing of suing each other to settle their disputes. And he chose to end his last one with this prayer: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all" (2 Corinthians 13:14). And he proved it by glorying in God's blessings upon others. Possessing more of Christ Himself is our only strategy and hope. Paul was praying that the Corinthians would lay hold of these truths. In this one-of-a-kind guided experience, you will dig deep into Psalm 23, experiencing God's unrelenting love for you, and discovering why this passage can become the foundation for your faith. That is our position. But the fact is, no one can live up to this definition of love. (1 Corinthians 3:1, 3). Closer to our own time the great spiritual writer and sometime atheist C.S. No, never. We get to live it. I am personally convicted by this truth. Affluent believers paraded their exotic foods, while the poor had nothing to bring. And I deserve wrath, punishment. He says, in essence, "To truly understand these two issues, they have to bring you together. In Christ, God “knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” In Christ, we even pray “remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD” (Psa 103:14; 25:7). He's saying, "There are times when I'm so blessed, I feel lifted with joy. Like so many young men in the 1960s and early 1970s, Jack was sent to fight in Vietnam as a Hospital Corpsman with the US Marines. In short, this kind of love is unrelenting, never stopping in its pursuit of the beloved. Our Story David Wilkerson Gary Wilkerson Essential Beliefs Speakers, Daily Devotional Newsletter Podcasts Sermons Promise Calendar Updates, Donate Now Planned Giving Offline Giving Why Support WC Gift Acceptance Policy Give to Israel, Connect with WC Contact UsWorld Challenge App FAQ Careers Translators Application Privacy Policy, © 2021 World Challenge, Inc | All Rights Reserved. That's it - I'm leaving you to your own devices. David, the psalmist, expressed it this way: "Thou hast beset me behind and before... Whither shall I go from thy spirit? You never accept my arguments about how unworthy I am. Paul found the Corinthian Christians in competition with each other. The apostle wrote, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). A well-known minister of the gospel relates the experience of a minister who was asked to speak at the funeral service of a member of a small community where everyone knew everyone else. 2 But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. First Corinthians 13:4-8 gives us a powerful truth about God's unrelenting love. He kept coming after me in love, until that day when he literally knocked me off my high horse. What about me?". And he could have easily written them off, despairing over their childishness and sinfulness. It's often used in church services as a benediction. Thank the Lord, he doesn't judge us according to our condition. Tel: (719) 487-7888 | Fax: (719) 896-5410 We're all born with Adam's nature, the tendency to sin. Our Lord's love is absolutely unrelenting. This individualism carried over to the people's spiritual gifts. It means undiminished in intensity or effort - unyielding, uncompromising, incapable of being changed or persuaded by arguments. In Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians, he addresses their need for God's grace. They fall into a pit of despair, unable to trust God's Word. You've proved yourselves clear and clean.". These people were soft on sin, some indulging in fornication and even incest. In this message, The Unrelenting Love of God, you will discover how God’s love for you is unchanging, uncompromising, and unyielding. If Paul had preached that way in Corinth, he certainly would have smashed all carnality, brought down fornicators, and stopped all the lawsuits. He breathed out threats of slaughter against everyone who followed Jesus. But God's love for David never abated, even in the hour of his greatest shame. Even when I'm disobedient - sinning against your truth, taking your grace for granted - you never stop loving me. They melted at his words. It doesn't gloat over the sins of God's children; on the contrary, it grieves over them. David "called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him" (12:24). Why? He states, "Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." You made it a lamp to guide my feet. Paul addresses this crucial matter for all of us, in a single verse. 1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. The Lord then disciplined David, saying he would suffer severe consequences. Paul told these believers, "I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ... Are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" What does it mean to have unity and oneness? Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. The demons of hell cannot thwart it. They collected offerings to send to believers who'd been hit with a great famine. He chased after David unrelentingly. And the New Covenant has made provision for this: "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). They even competed at the communion table. Though he was rich, for our sakes he became poor, that through his poverty we might be rich.". #LoveIs. He was mentored by upright men of God. Bathsheba was now David's wife, and she gave birth to another child. And, after the rebuke, the Lord told him that in fact, the man had accepted Christ, seconds before his spirit and soul left his body. Her prayers had indeed been effectual (James 5:16b), and in his last seconds of life, her grandson’s heart was softened and he saw his need for a Savior. Paul was telling them, "You cleaned yourselves up, you were indignant over your sins, and now you're filled with zeal and godly fear. Unrelenting = Not softening or yielding in determination. It is important to remind ourselves that God wants people saved more than we do, and, it is hard to imagine that He is any less unrelenting in His Love for a person in the last seconds of his life than He has been since the day life began in the womb. I want to talk to you about the word unrelenting. ), Paul is telling us, "Here is everything you need to know about the meaning of grace. David is speaking of the great highs and lows we face in life. Quote by: Carmen Miller, Founder @WholeMagazine. (Numerous passages prove this. January 10, 2021 Paul next addresses the love of God. Yet Paul, writing under divine inspiration, addressed them as "saints" and "sanctified in Christ." How did the carnal Corinthians react to Paul's message of God's triumphant love? Latest Message. Psalm 23 – an Encouragement for the Living. It will always be flesh and always resist the Holy Spirit. And lay hold of the truth that Paul describes: "Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:30). Leader Note: Remember your goal isn’t to get through every question but to have a good discussion where everyone participates.Your number one job as a small group leader is making space for the Holy Spirit to work. But God sees your position as being solely in Christ. Here is a grace that's willing to remain humble, even as it rejoices in others' blessings. At first, the Corinthians knew nothing of such fellowship. I started day 1 today. 2 years ago. Unrelenting Love. Everyone wanted to leave saying, "I gave a prophecy today," or, "I spoke mightily in the Spirit." Scripture says, "The thing that David had done displeased the Lord" (2 Samuel 11:27). David prayed around the clock for his baby's health. The apostle wrote, "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). We find the secret to Paul's statement about grace in 2 Corinthians 8:9. That can only describe the love of almighty God. When we think of such believers, the word "saintly" doesn't come to mind. March 7 & March 8, 2020 Ron Williams. This Sunday's service is designed to help you get the truth of God's love from your head to your heart. When they see another minister reaping God's blessings, they think only of their own condition. He'd been apprehended by the love of God. Consider also the testimony of the apostle Paul. Right now, you may be in a Corinthian condition. I've made my bed in hell. This sounds so harsh. January 8, 2021 6:30 am – 7:30 am Watch Party + Lunch for Young Families. To be unrelenting is to stick to a determined course. UNRELENTING LOVE! When that failed, David murdered the husband. That was the unrelenting love of God.” That's why he inspired Paul to address them as sanctified saints. And it was causing utter disorder. I've displeased him, and he's angry at me." And I can't chase it away. Such "in your face" preaching is misguided by human zeal. My work with you is over.". Pueblo, CO 81008 I can't get away from your unrelenting love. And I set out to correct these things with a sword and a sledgehammer. We also see Paul sharply reproving, correcting and admonishing. A starting point would be to say that nobody knows what happened in the last moments of the person’s life. "God's greatest attribute is not his power, though it is omniscience; not his glory, though it is burning … This isn't a redoing of our old nature, or a makeover of our flesh. ", At one low point, David prayed, "Lord, you seated my soul in a heavenly place. These Corinthians were stamped with an immense capital "I." P.O. But now this young preacher comes to town, and God starts pouring out blessings on him. These people were no longer wrapped up in gifts, signs and wonders. According to Paul, grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and lusts, and to live holy and pure lives. It's usually the result of a preacher not having his own personal revelation of God's love for him. Even today the word "Corinthian" connotes their carnality and worldliness. Their emphasis now was on giving rather than getting. Come to the feast From the greatest to the least Drink and believe the blood of life, the blood of life And the memory of who I was Fades away in the arms of love Watch my fears come undone like a thief on the run From the unrelenting heart of God (2) Come to the … He knew that the Lord's unrelenting love was the only power able to change anyone's heart. In my younger years, I preached messages on the evil conditions in the church. Agape is unconditional love, Agape is Gods kind of Love! That's because we still have weaknesses and frailties in our flesh. Most of us think, "This is the kind of love God expects of us." We suddenly stop comprehending God's unrelenting love for us. This was all contrary to the grace Paul preached. The idea of unrelenting love and tenderness, the kind of love that God has for us, being given to "those people" or "that type of sinner" is just too much for a good percentage of the modern Christian church to even pretend to strive for; we certainly don't have it in us without going to the source. That nature can't be changed. And that love has made provision for me to take on his nature. Hear him calling out to you as a "saint," "sanctified," "accepted." God's love says to us, "I want to assure your position in Christ. Yet this verse isn't just a benediction. Here is the unrelenting love of God: to rejoice in seeing others blessed above ourselves. He loves you with intensity, that is uncompromised by your path or choices. They can't believe God would still accept them, because they're convinced he's given up on them. Was God winking at the church's compromise? You must believe I will be God to you.". It’s a real live story unfolding around us. I struck at compromise and smashed everything in sight. UNRELENTING LOVE! In the face of increasing wickedness in the world, human ideas have fallen short. This is the story of Hosea Hosea 14:1-9and Pray An amazing invitation (14:1) We find embedded at the end of the Hosea/Gomer love story an unbelievable invitation to return. Only this kind of fellowship truly reveals Christ's grace and God's love. He connived to send the man into a hopeless battle, knowing he would die. Throughout his letters, Paul speaks of the riches of Christ's glory, riches of wisdom, riches of grace, of being rich in mercy, faith and good works. How could this have happened when his whole life was one of contempt for spiritual matters? Paul isn't talking about material riches here, but about spiritual riches. I despaired over the deplorable state of so many of God's people. It keeps on coming. The trials of life cannot stop it. We forget that he's continually pursuing us at all times, no matter what our condition. You will learn to trust the goodness of God in every area of your life. The Unrelenting Love Of God; Back to The Unrelenting Love Of God. The question is, "Do I really want to allow the Holy Spirit to show me where I need changing?" But that church would have dissolved. They say, "I've been struggling in prayer for years. Later, when reports came back to him that his disciples were performing those very works, casting out demons and healing people, he danced with joy. Just what is grace? In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle had every reason to give up on the church. Come to the feast All you wounded and weak Come and receive the bread of life, the bread of life. This verse deals with three divine issues: the grace of Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost. But the child died, and David grieved deeply over the terrible things he'd caused. Please don't misunderstand. Those who understand the hour are seeking God. He said, in essence, "Even though I wasn't conscious of it, God was pursuing me. The Word makes this promise to those who do… And it shall come to pass, that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved (Acts 2:21 NKJV). But what was Paul's purpose? In my view, it's sorely lacking in much of the church. Yet the more I love you, the less you love me. Ron Williams, Senior Pastor 1 John 1:5-2:2. They were all about taking and not giving. The Unrelenting love of god December 15, 2019; Pastor Clyde Ellis ... pastor Asst. He had many causes to be angry with them. 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