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GOD'S LOVING-KINDNESS.pdf

GOD'S LOVING-KINDNESS.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER


THE Bible takes especial
pains to assure us of the
everlastingness of God's
love. In one passage, for
example, it is declared that
while even the mountains
shall depart, God's loving-kindness shall
never depart from his people. The word lov-
ing-kindness suggests all that is sweet, ten-
der, and comforting in love. There are men
who love and are not kind. They would give
all they have to help a friend, and yet they
lack gentleness. They are stern, severe,
brusque. They have not a gracious manner.
They are not kind. Kindness is love's best.
BY J. R. MILLER


THE Bible takes especial
pains to assure us of the
everlastingness of God's
love. In one passage, for
example, it is declared that
while even the mountains
shall depart, God's loving-kindness shall
never depart from his people. The word lov-
ing-kindness suggests all that is sweet, ten-
der, and comforting in love. There are men
who love and are not kind. They would give
all they have to help a friend, and yet they
lack gentleness. They are stern, severe,
brusque. They have not a gracious manner.
They are not kind. Kindness is love's best.

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GOD'S LOVING-KINDNESSBY J. R. MILLER THE Bible takes especialpains to assure us of theeverlastingness of God'slove. In one passage, forexample, it is declared thatwhile even the mountainsshall depart, God's loving-kindness shallnever depart from his people. The word lov-ing-kindness suggests all that is sweet, ten-der, and comforting in love. There are menwho love and are not kind. They would giveall they have to help a friend, and yet theylack gentleness. They are stern, severe,brusque. They have not a gracious manner.They are not kind. Kindness is love's best.It not only gives, but gives in a way thatadds a hundredfold to the value of thegift.Kindness in this passage is made still tendererby the qualifying word loving — loving-kind-[117]m^t WiUv lifeness. There may be kindness that is not lov-ing. It is a great comfort to know that God'spower shall not depart, is eternal. Nothing
 
ever can sweep away our refuge in the al-mighty strength of God." God is our refuge and strength,A very present help in trouble.Therefore will we not fear, though the earth dochange,And though the mountains he shaken into theheart of the seas.''But power is cold — it lacks heart. The wordloving-kindness means far more. It suggestsaffection, tenderness, all that is warmest,tenderest, and most comforting.The assurance is that the loving-kindness of God shall not fail. There never will be a dayor an hour when he will not be kind. Can hebe a father and not be kind to his children?The Bible is full of the most exquisite reveal-ings of God's kindness. " Like as a fatherpitieth his children, so Jehovah pitieth themthat fear him." " As one whom his mother[118]gijs (Bon WjDav^ MnD?comforteth, so will I comfort thee." " Themountains may depart — but my loving-kind-ness shall not depart from thee." It is alsoin the Old Testament that we find anotherexquisite picture of the divine loving-kind-ness. In his farewell address Moses said to hispeople, " Underneath are the everlastingarms." There is comfort in the embrace of afather's or a mother's arms. But we are notsure that we shall have these arms very long ;
 
no human arms are everlasting. The arms of God, however, will never unclasp their hold.Then they are ever underneath. We cannotfall out of their clasp. However low we maysink in weakness or in pain, these arms willalways be underneath us.Indeed it is only when the mountains do de-part that we can know the best of the kind-ness of God. It is when father and motherare gone that the Lord takes us up into theclosest, tenderest love. We need his love mostthen and the need enables us to find the bless-ing. In the days of earthly prosperity andgladness, when human love k ^bout us with[119]m^t Wintt lifeall its sweetness, tenderness, and satisfying-ness, we do not find, do not realize, the bestof God's loving-kindness. It is concealed inthe fulness of human love and earthly bless-ing which we enjoy. It is only need that findsand reveals the best things. But when troublecomes and the earthly good things that havemeant most to us are stripped off, then wefind the infinite blessings of the divine kind-ness. We should never see the stars if thesun did not go down. We should never dis-cover the grace and loving-kindness of Godif there were never a break in our earthly joy. We should never know the wonder of God's comfort if we had no sorrow. It is whenthe visible mountains depart, and we havethem no longer to hide in, that our hearts

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