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The Kindness and Love of God

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Art Journal Note:

For this page I used a simple watercolour painted background. When it had dried, I used a ruler & pencil to draw some wonky diagonal lines all the way down the page all at different angles. I then pencilled in roughly where the words would go, filling each line completely with all the letters as they increased and decreased in size. It was quite fun! When I had roughly positioned the letters, I went over it all in a black roller-ball pen. The words did seem to bunch up a bit by the end of the page as I thought I might run out of space, but it doesn’t really matter!


Titus 3 verses 4-7 is one of my absolute favourite passages of Scripture:

But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us,not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (NIV)

And to read it in the Amplified Bible really brings it to life even more!

But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Saviour to man [as man] appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He poured out [so] richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Saviour.[And He did it in order] that we might be justified by His grace (by His favor, wholly undeserved), [that we might be acknowledged and counted as conformed to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action], and that we might become heirs of eternal life according to [our] hope.

To me, these three verses sum up the entire gospel – this is the essence of the good news of Jesus!

It covers all aspects of life: our sin, how we cannot earn our salvation, it tells of God’s mercy, how we are washed and cleansed from our sins, born again in Jesus, baptised in the Holy Spirit, and having been made right with God, how we have an exciting future in Him.

This is a beautiful recap of all that God has done for us. All the truths we need to know.

It’s a message of hope.

After giving this powerful truth-packed summary of all that God has done for us, Paul says this:

This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Here, Paul shows us that it’s good to remind ourselves of the basics, the core essentials of our faith. It reminds me a bit of the Apostles Creed, which again, I really love – there’s something incredibly powerful when a group of believers all state what they believe, out loud all together. It builds our faith and we encourage one another.

And the reason Paul was giving this truth-packed summary of faith was so that we may ‘do what is good’. When we really deeply know and experience God’s kindness, goodness and mercy, we can’t help but respond by offering ourselves to Him in willing surrender and service.

Heavenly Father, Your kindness and love amaze me. Thank you for sending Your son, Jesus  Christ, my Lord and Saviour, to die for me, to save me from my sins and to make me right with You. Thank you for pouring out your Holy Spirit upon me generously! Thank you for giving me hope of eternal life.

Father God, I echo the words of Simon Peter (John 6 v 68), as he said to Jesus:

‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’

Help me to serve you with my whole heart in all I do. 

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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The Father is seeking…

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Art Journal Note: here I have used a magazine picture of some spring flowers, I love the picture as it shows the new flowers pushing up through the old dead brown leaves left after the autumn and winter. The most well known part of the verse I have written on little bunting flags made from blank sheet music paper (the ampersand reminded me a little bit of a treble clef!) & tiny scraps of scrapbook paper, cut in triangles and glued to narrow ribbon, strewn across the background. The main verse is handwritten using one of my favourite pens, a simple white gel pen.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 4:23-24

Here, in this familiar and well loved passage, Jesus is talking to the woman at the well. He has a lengthy conversation with her, revealing such deep truths about God to a Samaritan woman – this is a woman with a bad reputation, from a despised culture! I love the extravagant grace He extends to her, showing us that no one is beyond His reach. He is full of surprises.

What has struck me anew with this passage is where Jesus says:

“For the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.”

Wow. Jesus said that the Father is seeking. Looking. Searching. He is on a mission to find true worshippers who worship Him in spirit and truth.

This verse to me, is a ‘Wake Up!’ moment. A call to examine how I worship the Father. I want to be one of the true worshippers, that the Father is seeking!

I admit I have had moments, despite my best intentions, when I have fallen far short of this, when I have been lukewarm, or followed along with a routine of worship without really engaging my mind or heart, when I may have been physically present but elsewhere thinking about other things.

But the Father is actively seeking those who worship Him in spirit –  deep, meaningful, surrendering worship from the heart, soul, mind, will, and emotion – all that I am. And in truth – to me this means living out our daily lives walking in His ways as an act of worship. Not saying one thing to God, and then living our lives our own way.

Father God, help me to understand more of how you want me to worship you, in spirit and truth. I’m sorry for the many times I fall short. I want to be a true worshipper, the kind that you, my Heavenly Father, are seeking. I pray that as I give you my very best, honest worship in spirit and truth, you would find what you are looking for, in me. 

In Jesus Name, Amen.