God a combination of goodness and mercy

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2007

Combinations: Summer time makes for a lot of them. Picnics and good food. Fishing and fun. Good weather and gardening. Sunshine and barbecues. The list goes on.

Soon fall temperatures will produce fall colors. Then winter will arrive, bringing about a whole new array of combinations.

A special combination I have learned to really enjoy is grandchildren and visits. All the positives and pleasantries I have heard about having grand kids are true. Our two little granddaughters are a wonderful delight to my wife and me. There is something special about that relationship.

Speaking of relationships, love and marriage make a great combination. Congratulations to Joseph Pazar and Courtney Evans who are today combining their love for one another with vows of marital fidelity. We know they will combine their hearts together for a lifetime of love.

Scripture says, "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." The two combinations mentioned in that verse have amazing results when applied to our daily lives.

It is interesting to note the combination of truth in the Bible with other godly qualities.

The above scripture links mercy and truth. Jesus came to this world as the word made flesh, full of "grace and truth." Jesus taught that true worship is accomplished "in spirit and in truth."

Truth is often a subject of philosophical debate. However, truth was revealed and personified by Jesus Christ who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life."

Indeed, Jesus represents a divine combination of God and man. His birth was foretold in scripture centuries before it happened. He is Emmanuel, "God with us," both in prophecy and in its fulfillment.

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus serve to create a great combination of you and a life of believing. He is able to do great things with and through those who are surrendered to his word and his will.

Church signs often cleverly remind us of where we should be on a Sunday. For example, one sign asked, "What is missing in the word, CH_ _ CH? UR!"

A combination of you and a church that treasures truth is important for spiritual growth and discipleship.

The new life Jesus produces in believers results in a number of fantastic combinations. We can experience a lifetime of learning the benefits of believing in Jesus and obeying his word. You won't regret the combination of Christ and your faith.

Mitch Glover is pastor of Sterling United Pentecostal Church at Swanson River Road and Entrada. Services are Sunday at 10 and 11 a.m., and Thursday Bible study with children's church at 7 p.m.

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