Needed a fun, simple craft for the children for Sunday and we were talking about how God is kind so made these “friends” out of plastic water bottles and yarn. Got the idea from Spoonful.
I was just struck in preparing for the lesson that many people think God is out to get us and that He is mean but when you read through the Bible you see how much He was kind to man and so compassionate. “Give thanks to Jehovah, for He is good, / For His lovingkindness is forever” (1
Chronicles 16:34). “But love your enemies, and do good and lend, expecting nothing in return… and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the unthankful and evil” (Luke 6:35). Within most of mankind is a desire to do good because we were created in God’s image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:26) but due to the fall of man because of sin in Genesis we hate and are unkind. He is so kind that He causes rain to fall on the just and unjust. What kind of God is that? If I were God I surely would not give to those who are unjust, but it shows what kind of God He is. He loves all man whether good or evil because His desire is to save us all, good or evil, from the sin that was injected into us and haunts us to wash us of that which we cannot rid of ourselves so that He can then put Himself as life into us. “But when the kindness and the love to man of our Savior God appeared” (Titus 3:4).
I just saw afresh in the book of Jonah how much God wanted to rescue the Ninevites. Jonah was told to go preach to them because they were wicked. God could have just destroyed them but instead chose to send Jonah to save them! I don’t think we can even comprehend how wicked they were and yet God desired that they repent not perish. Are we like Jonah who care for ourselves or like God who is kind and desires to save? Only the life of God in us growing and increasing can cause us to be ones who desire men to be saved and not to perish.