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Knowing His Ways

What is God really like? If you want to understand someone or be like them then you must study them. When you apply this to knowing God it might seem much harder because He has so many sides, but there are passages in Scripture that help. The Psalmist wrote, "He [God] made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." (Psalm 103:8) Then, the Psalmist goes on to expand these characteristics of God. "Compassionate" is expanded in verse 13, "As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him." "Gracious" is explained by verse 10, "he [God] does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities." "Slow to anger" is explained in verse 9, "He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever." And, "abounding in love" is expanded in verses 11 and 17,

Gravity

It is the unseen force that pulls all bodies in the earth toward the earth's center. This hidden force allows us to regulate our lives. It is the foundation to which we connect other principles and use it or supersede it for positive outcomes, i.e. airplane flight. A pitcher throwing from the mound to home base uses it to his advantage. With gravity as his background he can throw a curve, slider, knuckle ball or he can use speed to overcome it with a fast ball. The archer or sniper when understanding it can make the calculations necessary to hit a target far away. There is a gravity, if you would, a gravitational pull that each of us has. Some of us have more than others but all have some draw. People gravitate toward or are attracted to those who are similar to them. Our gravity can influence in positive or negative ways depending on our decisions about life. David in the middle of his years as King drew others to him by deciding his life should be positive. He said, "I will be…

Grace

This is the first thing we want from others but the last thing we are willing to give to others. Lady Justice with a blindfold over her eyes and holding the balanced scales in her right hand and sword in her left is our picture of justice but grace sees clearly and completely and still chooses to be applied to lives. Julia Johnston and Daniel Towner penned words and melody concerning grace. They said, "Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe." It is a wondrous act to bestow grace on a human being and is only done because of the example of God bestowing grace first on us through salvation. "For it is by grace you have been saved.." (Ephesians 2:8) Paul said, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." (Titus 2:11-12) Grace teaches us by its very applicati…