Things God Loves: Mercy

Colossians 3:12-17

Colossians 3:13 [bearing with one another] and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

anexomai (an-ekh’-om-ahee) to hold up, bear with.
Proverbs 19:11
1 Peter 2:19
Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; [as the Lord has forgiven you], so you also must forgive.
Isaiah 1:18
Psalm 103:12
1 John 1:9
Hebrews 8:12

Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, [so you also must forgive. ]

Who do you I need to forgive?

Ephesians 4:32

Things God Loves: Meekness

Colossians 3:12-17
prautés (prah-oo’-tace): meekness, mildness, gentleness.
English definition: a mild, moderate, humble, or submissive quality.
Meekness is NOT weakness.
Matthew 26:47-54
Meekness is NOT the way of the world.
Matthew 6:19-21
Mark 8: 36
Matthew 5:5
James 3:13-16
Meekness is how we share our faith (the gospel).
1 Peter 3:15-16
Meekness is how we challenge the sin of other believers.
Galatians 6:1-3
Meekness is how we should receive the word of God.
James 1:21
Meekness is how we should disciple others.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
Meekness is a fruit of the spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23
Pursue Meekness by Abiding in Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:11-12

Things God Loves: Kindness

ENG kindness: 1) the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
Be Kind Rewind pic
ENG Kindness: 2) A Kind Act
OT checed (kheh’-sed): goodness kindness, favor, mercy.
Exodus 34:6
Proverbs 19:22
Proverbs 31:26
NT chréstotés (khray-stot’-ace) : goodness, excellence, uprightness.
Kindness is useful.
Galatians 6:10
James 2:14-17
Kindness is good.
Titus 3:4-5a (end after “he saved us…”)
Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23
2 Corinthians 6:2-5
Kindness like this could change the world.
Romans 2:4
Ephesians 4:31-32

Things God Loves: Compassion

Colossians 3:12-17
oiktirmós – compassion (pity), i.e. deep feeling about someone’s difficulty or misfortune

Psalm 116:5
Psalm 145: 9
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

We are meant to be moved with compassion.
Matthew 9:35-36
Matthew 14:13-14
Matthew 15:29-39
Matthew 20:29-34

We’re meant to be motivated by compassion.
James 1:27
James 2:14-17

Question 1 : In what are ways you are moved by compassion?

Question 2: What are you doing about it?

Proverbs 24:10-13

“Compassion can’t be measured in dollars and cents. It does come with a price tag, but that price tag isn’t the amount of money spent. The price tag is love.” ~ J. C. Watts Jr.

Things God Loves: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is being “full of faith.” It is having character and commitment that can be relied on.

Faithfulness is an attribute of God.
Psalm 119:90
Psalm 86:15
Lamentations 2:22-23
1 Corinthians 1:9
2Timothy 2:11

We’re meant to reflect the faithfulness God has shown us.
Hebrews 10:23
Matthew 25:21
Proverbs 3:3-4

God will support those who are faithful.
2 Chronicles 16:9

Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23
John 15: 5

Put Jesus before anything else, otherwise anything else will take His place.

Things God Loves: Integrity

Psalm 119:1-8 NLT

Integrity: (1) the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

Integrity is one of several paths. It distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path and the only one on which you will never get lost. ~ M.H. McKee

Integrity: (2) the state of being whole and undivided.

Daniel 6:4-5
Jeremiah 23:23-24
Psalm 44:21
Job 34:21
Pic : I saw that. ~God
Pic: Seriously, did you think I wouldn’t notice? ~God

God sees everything, and He has a very good memory! ~Unknown

Integrity Keeps me Secure
Integrity Guides Me
Integrity Vindicates Me

Integrity is Really an Issue of the Heart

Psalm 26:2
Psalm 139:24-25
Are you willing to let God reveal your faults?

Things God Loves: Humility

Philippians 2:3-4

James 4:10

humble = tapeinophrosýnē (greek)
from the root words meaning “low, humble” and “moderation as regulated by inner perspective.”

Proverbs 3:34

James 4:6-7

1Peter 5:5-6

Humility before God

Job 39:1-18 (reference only)

If we lack humility before God it’s because we don’t trust His goodness, His wisdom or His power.

Humility with Others

Humility: the feeling or attitude that you have no special importance that makes you better than others. ~Cambridge Dictionary

Luke 14:7-11

Humility of Self

Romans 12:3

Philippians 2:6-8

Things God Loves: Everyone

God loves everyone. (But he doesn’t love everyone the same.)

God has a providential love for his creation.
Matthew 5:45
God has a redemptive love for his fallen world.
John 3:16
“God loves the great totality of fallen human beings. All of them.” ~John Piper
Romans 5:8
God has a preferential love toward his chosen people.
Malachi 1:2-3
Romans 9:10-13
God has a conditional love toward his faithful ones.
John 15:9-10

Countering Objections to the statement God Loves Everyone…

If God loves EVERYONE, we ought to love EVERYONE, too.

Portico Church in Oshkosh, WI