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The Kindness and Severity of God

September 20, 2010

The Apostle Paul had no qualms whatsoever trusting in a God who is both kind (to those who cry out for his mercy) and severe (to those who stubbornly persist in their rebellious ways):  “Behold then the kindness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22a, NASB).

I think I have found an Old Testament counterpart to Paul’s words on David’s lips in Psalm 68:6 (NIV)–

God sets the lonely in families,

he leads for the prisoners with singing; (kindnesses)

but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land (severity).

And in both, God’s ways are just and righteous.  Praise Him.

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