God's Love

Wrap Up

Craig Walker
October 6, 2019

“And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind... And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."”
Matthew 22:37, 39-40 ESV

Christianity is vertical and horizontal - the cross!

Breaking down the two greatest commandments:

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:3-8 NIV

1. Justice matters to God

“Thus says the Lord: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast."”
Isaiah 56:1-2a ESV

“Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.” Isaiah 57:17 ESV

2. Justice and Mercy

“'Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?' Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers.”
Isaiah 58:3

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
Isaiah 58:3, 6-10 ESV

Being just is something you demand of yourself, and mercy is what you extend to others.

A real incentive to be merciful.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”
Matthew 5:7

“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
James 2:13 ESV

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:1-2 ESV

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
James 2:13 ESV

In essence, James 2:13 tells us that, since God will judge us with mercy, we should judge others with mercy.

3. Humility

“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15 ESV

“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
Isaiah 66:2 NIV

The Lord loves the humility of those contrite in spirit.

The beauty of brokenness manifests itself in humility.