Monday, August 26, 2013

God's Pleasure

God is pleased to forgive! Pleased. He doesn't forgive me begrudgingly or reservedly, as I often forgive others. Here is an excerpt from William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armor:

If you ask a fisherman why he stands with his hook in the water all night he will tell you it is because he enjoys fishing. Now you know why God waits for sinners~months, years. ... He delights in forgiving them by His grace and mercy. Now and then a government official will pardon an offender more to please others than himself; but God forgives to make His own heart glad. Thus when Christ came to reconcile sinners to God, His ministry was called "the pleasure of the Lord." (Isaiah 53:10) [from the August 22 devotional]

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