God’s lovingkindness, is it a warm fuzzy feeling or is it His word?

by David Leach
(Temecula,Ca USA)

God’s lovingkindness, is it a warm fuzzy feeling or is it His word?

God says we can only understand His lovingkindness through the wisdom of His words:

Ps 19:7 ...The testimony (the word) of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

2 Tim 3:15 ...The Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise...

Ps 107:43 Whoever is wise...will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

God’s shows us His lovingkindness by His (spiritual) hand – and that hand is His word:

Ps 17:7 Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.

Ps 119:173 Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts (words)

As we choose God’s words, God’s spiritual hand, by them He shows us His lovingkindness.

We see God’s lovingkindness with our (spiritual) eyes as we walk in the truth of His words:

Ps 26:3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth.

John 17:17 (Jesus) ...Your word is truth

Ps 51:6 You desire truth (your word, your lovingkindness) in the inward parts...

While I can see God’s words with my natural eyes, it is only when my spirit walks in the truth
of those words that I’m seeing them with my spiritual eyes; I’m seeing God’s lovingkindness.

So, God’s lovingkindness, His words, must enter our hearts and then be declared to others.

Ps 40:10 I have not hidden (from others) Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation (Your words); I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly.

Prov 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law (God’s word) of kindness. (This is the same Hebrew word translated lovingkindness),

We are to hear with our hearts God speaking His lovingkindness to us first thing in the
morning - for it’s His daily word to us, our daily spiritual bread to renew our inner man:

Ps 143:8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust...(if God’s lovingkindness can be heard, it can’t be anything but His word)

Isa 26:9 ...By my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments (Your words, which I hear in my heart and then declare to others) are in the
earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Prov 2:1-6 My son (My daughter), if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding...Then you will understand the fear of the LORD (and His lovingkindness - Psa 107:43) and find the knowledge of God.

In order to hear God’s lovingkindness we must always be in a state of trust toward Him.

The Hebrew word for lovingkindness is also used for Grace in the Hebrew New Testament:

The Hebrew word that’s translated lovingkindness is “Checed” it’s pronounced “Khey-sed”. While the New Testament was written in Greek, the messianic Jews have a New Testament translated into Hebrew. In it, what do you think is the Hebrew word selected for the English word “Grace”? Yes, “Checed” translated lovingkindness in the Old Testament. As we’ve seen it actually refers to God’s words. So then, God’s Grace likewise is His word:

Acts 20:32 So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace (the word of His lovingkindness), which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

2 Pe 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(Grace is the word of God, by it we know Jesus Christ, who is the Grace of God).

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

How did Jesus love others? By speaking the word, the lovingkindness of God, to them:

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him....

Eph 5:25-26 ....Christ also loved the church...with the washing of water by the word.

How is God’s love (lovingkindness) perfected in us? When we hear, retain and do His words:

1 John 2:5 Whoever keeps (hears, believes, retains and obeys) His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

How do we love others with God’s lovingkindness? When by His Spirit we speak His words:

John 15:10-12 If you keep My commandments (My words), you will abide in My love... This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good...For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (God’s lovingkindness).

God’s lovingkindness, is it a warm fuzzy feeling or is it His nature imparted to us by His words?

Ps 107:43 Whoever is wise will observe (give their attention to) these things, and they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD (and what God’s love really is. It isn’t a warm fuzzy feeling, for that love won’t save a person’s soul or change their nature. But God’s lovingkindness, His words that you speak, will).

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