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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)

TITLE: ...For They Shall See God!!
By Christine Rhee
10/31/04

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I never realized until recently how blessed it is to be poor in spirit. For me, the promise that the poor in spirit will see God was but an intellectual understanding.

Then, I came face to face with the vileness of my sin in such a way that I could feel the licks of the flames of hell at my heels; this was the most terrifying spiritual experience I have ever had.

A friend and mentor urged me to search the Scriptures in response to my distress, and this is what I found: God’s motivation for forgiving my sin is His great love for me. He does not focus on my sin. If He did, He wouldn’t forgive me. And yet, because He focuses on His love for me, He is actually DELIGHTED when I come to Him in humble repentance!!

His is not a grudging forgiveness. No, it is a whole-hearted, unashamed, exuberant, over-the-top reception back into His arms.

His forgiveness is the kind that drops everything so that He can run to meet me.

His forgiveness is the kind that embraces me so tightly that it takes my breath away.

His forgiveness is the kind that causes His delighted laughter to bubble up from within the depths of who He is as He receives me back into His fellowship.

Who would have thought I would ever see my Heavenly Father in this way? And yet, this is who He is!!!!!


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Rita Garcia11/05/04
Christine, A wonderful portrait of "poor in spirit". Blessings, Rita
Verlie Ruhl11/05/04
Christine, such joy-filled thoughts on God's redemptive love! I really like that old saying, "The Bible wasn't written to tell us what God did, but what God does." Thanks for sharing!
Roberta Kittrell11/05/04
Christine, isn't it wonderful that He chooses to have amnesia re our repented sins, removing them as far as the east is from the west--washing them away with His Precious Blood!