Dust on a man's hands

God’s beloved

I was reading an interesting article titled, “4 Ways Your Bible Points to Jesus” and I came across a fascinating quote:

We obey as a result of being God’s beloved, not to cause God to love us. His grace toward us precedes, enables, and motivates our efforts toward holiness. – Bryan Chapell

That one sentence shows us how trustworthy is the love of God. His plan of redemption was conceived and implemented while every person in the world was a lost, reprobate sinner. Each of us was saved while we were still an enemy of God. It was God’s love that drew us, and it was by His grace through faith that we were saved.

This fundamental characteristic of God to act before there is evidence of success is found throughout the Bible, and not only regarding humanity’s salvation.

We find assurance of God’s compassion in our walk with Jesus in Psalms 103:13-14:

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

This is such an encouraging passage of Scripture. God knows how we were formed. He was there. He did the work. He truly knows you and me.

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