God’s Steadfast Love
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children… (ESV)
Concern for generations of coming believers is deep among people of bold faith.
There are many parents and grandparents who are praying for the salvation of their children and grandchildren. The reality is that each generation, each person, must come to their own faith relationship with God. This is why prayer is of utmost importance, and a steadfast testimony of God’s forgiveness and compassion is essential.
Pastor K was called by the family of Jim, a man who was home receiving hospice care. Jim had given his life to Jesus Christ six years ago, shared his faith with his family and fought cancer for the previous two years. With the family all gathered together in prayer and sharing their love for one another, Jim listened to his children as faith in Jesus Christ was celebrated and affirmed amidst the generations of the family.
This vigil of faith, hope and love was filled with readings of scripture and words of gratitude and appreciation. The family joined the pastor as they prayed, hand in hand: “Lord Jesus, allow Jim to accept your sweet embrace and trust in your loving arms to take Him home to heaven.” With this, Jim breathed deeply and died peacefully. The presence of the Lord was real, the promise of God’s steadfast love was revealed. Jim was unbound from the temporal nature as the eternal cords of God’s love held him tight.
Our days on earth are “like grass,” but the wind of Heaven in the Spirit of God leads us to receive God’s grace and the promise of His eternal Kingdom. The steadfast love of the Lord will change the hearts and minds of those who boldly step forward to believe in Jesus Christ.
The Son of God stretched His arms from east to west in order to remove our transgressions, if we so believe as to trust in His perfect work of redeeming love. This same cross is our discipline, our opportunity for bold and loving service as we follow Jesus Christ to become disciples who make disciples via faith passed on from generation to generation.
PRAY for these churches today…
Assembly of God of Union City
First Congregational Church of Bronson
Oasis of Love Family Church