This woman in Jesus' parable simply would not quit. The Greek text could be translated, "She kept on keeping on until she found it. God says, "That your soul and my soul is worth more than the life and reputation of His Son who "scorned the shame of the cross" Hb for us. For, "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us," according to Romans chapter 5 and verse 8.
Yes, God's middle name could be perseverance. God has you in His grip! The fact that you are listening to this broadcast is good evidence that He has no intention of ever letting you go. If, as I was for many years, you are on the run from Him, you might as well save your energy and surrender. He will never let you go for He never gives up and He never gives in.
That's the nature of His love. In his novel, The Testament, John Grisham paints a powerful word portrait of one man's surrender to God's will. Nate O'Reilly, a disgraced corporate attorney, is plagued by alcoholism and drug abuse. After two marriages, four detox programs, and a serious health crisis, Nate acknowledges his need for God.
Grisham describes the dramatic transformation in these words: With both hands, he clenched the back of the pew in front of him. He repeated his list, mumbling softly every weakness and flaw and affliction and evil that plagued him.
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He confessed them all. In one long glorious acknowledgment of failure, he laid himself bare before God. He held nothing back. He unloaded enough burdens to crush any three men, and when he finally finished Nate had tears in his eyes. With one gentle brush of the hand, his slate had been wiped clean.
He breathed a massive sigh of relief, but his pulse was racing.
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Perhaps like Nate, you need to make a list of things to bring before the Lord. When you do, you will find Him waiting and ready to hear and forgive. Take it from Jesus Himself, "There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Maybe, some of you, like that lady in the store, are wrestling with a lost child, lost friends, lost husband, lost wife, lost marriage. I'm here to encourage your heart today, to say to you that quitting is not an option. Put your hand in the hand that pulls us out of the ditches of life and keep on keeping on for "quitting ain't an option" for Him or for you. Love always persists and love never fails. Isn't that why you are listening to this program? I know it's why I am speaking on it! Loving and eternal God, we thank you for that love that persists and that perhaps even in the course of this day, maybe even through this program, has persisted with someone listening to make a transformation, to pick up a heart that is broken, and begin the process of putting it back together again.
Thank you that you never quit.
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In his sermon on Jeremiah ,, the Rev. Chris Henry says that in Luke 17 Jesus tells an odd parable to his disciples who have just begged him to increase their faith in light of all he has been teaching about living as a follower of his. What Jesus calls them, and us as Christians, to do can seem overwhelming, but Jesus encourages us that we already have enough faith to live out the challenging commands he's given us.
“The art of love is the art of persistence.” (Ellis)
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Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. A final dimension of the love of God is persistence. The Hebrew and Greek word for persistence refers to a slowness to anger. We could all us a little persistence when defined in this manner. We read of God's persistence in Psalm We find other verses showing the patient persistent love of God.
Does this mean nothing to you? Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. Sounds familiar right? There must have been times when the Lord was inclined to abandon his people, yet the Lord did not cut them off. God's patience was not limited to his dealings with Israel thank goodness. Peter 1 Peter even suggests that the flood was delayed as long as it was in order to provide opportunity of salvation to those who ultimately were destroyed.
In speaking of the future day of great destruction, Peter also suggests that the second coming is delayed because of God's forbearance. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish but wants everyone to repent. The actions and teachings of Christ indicate the persistent, relentless nature of the love that is to be characteristic of a follower of the Lord.