Godly Love Should Move You To Rejoice

Godly love, as used here, is a reference to the long suffering kindness that our Creator bestows on us, in spite of our deserving His anger. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13, is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on how godly love should move you to rejoice. Notice that prior to our text that God was so angry with His people that He sent Babylon to punish them. But in our text, His anger has subsided. That is a marvelous reason to rejoice.

God’s love is so much better than God’s anger. In His anger, He can send so much pain, sorrow, and hopelessness. But in His love, He can send so much joy, peace, and hope.

We ought to rejoice because God’s anger does not last forever. Rejoice because of His marvelous love. Just in case you have not heard, God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son (see Jn. 3:16).

And then Paul taught us that nothing can separate us from the Love of God (see Rom. 8:35-39). Somebody ought to rejoice in knowing that God doesn’t stay angry forever.

Some of us have done some low down, dirty, and no good things. But thanks be unto God, God’s anger doesn’t last forever. Just as the calm follows the storm, morning follows the night, and spring follows the winter, so God’s love follows His anger.

Self Examination
1. List some examples of how you see that God has shown love towards you, in spite of your deserving His anger.

2. What are you going to do to increase your amount of rejoicing?

Prayer
God, the One who has already shown more godly love than I deserve, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have taken care of me and shown kindness to me that I don't deserve and can never repay.

I confess that I have not even giving You the praise and thanks giving that You deserve. Please forgive me and help me to rejoice more and weep less. In Jesus' name, amen.

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