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Guilty or Innocent

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:23 which says:

“Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.”

This is more from Solomon’s wise sayings; and it seems inevitable that whoever judges wrongly would be denounced and shunned. This is because a judge decides the fate of someone; possibly even for life, and it is definitely not a laughing matter. But God’s own son, who loves us very much, came down and said that we were innocent. He made us innocent by taking on our sin. He was cursed by God, and the people hated Him, and killed Him.

Jesus Himself was wrongly judged; however this was something that God intended to happen. Jesus, who was innocent and who never sinned,took our sins upon Himself and was killed upon a cross as though He was the worst of sinners. And the reason that He did this, was to save us; He died for us so that we could live.

Now we can say to the guilty, you can be innocent. You can be innocent because of Jesus. Jesus has taken all the sin of the world, so that we may be innocent. He made us Children of God, and freed us from our sin. Praise the Lord!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

God’s Love

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:20 which says:

“24 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.”

Solomon is saying that for those who sin, there is no hope. He is saying that if anyone is evil or wicked, there “lamp” will be snuffed out. In other words, Solomon is saying that God puts His wrath on anyone who disobeys Him and does wickedly.

Unfortunately, we all sin. So according to Solomon, we should all have God’s wrath upon us. We should all perish in hell. So what saved us from that wrath? Jesus did. Jesus took upon Him all the sins of the whole world, and then He took God’s wrath upon Him.

Even though it seemed as though all was lost; because everyone sins no matter how hard we try not to, and we deserved the wrath of God. But there is hope; there is someone who loved us so much that He took all of that punishment and wrath upon Himself. That someone is Jesus; God’s very own son.

Even though we could not obey God’s law, He still loved and loves us! He did not make the law just so that He could destroy us; He made it because He is a just God and He cannot stand anything that is not right. It might seem to human brains that God was “stuck” but of course God cannot be stuck; instead He planned this to happen all along so that He might show His love for us.

And it is the greatest example of love that ever could be seen; God sent His holy, perfect son to die in our place. Because God loves us so much we are saved, and now we are His sons and daughters; all because of Jesus sacrifice for us!

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

Wisdom, and an Everlasting Hope

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:14 which says:

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

The first part of verse 14 says that wisdom is like honey. Solomon is saying that wisdom is good, and sweet like honey. It is something to be desired, something that we should strive for.

How do we get this wisdom? If is something that we should try and get, then how do we get it? Our wisdom is not a thing, it is a person. Jesus is our wisdom. He is the one that guides in the ways we should go; He is the Good Shepherd, and we are His sheep.

Now that we know who wisdom is, how do we get Him? Well, to put it simply, we receive Him. God sent Jesus to us; to become a human. Why? To save us from our sin. He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sin. Now that we have been saved by Him, He sent His Spirit to live inside us, and to fill us.

Jesus is the wisdom that we should long for. He is the one who died to save us, and now lives inside us, filling us up with His Holy Spirit. He also brings us great joy, and love. He is the one who gave everything for us, and continues to give more to us. Now, because of what He has done, we should strive to share Him with others. We should give out the Gospel to those who need it, as well as strive for more of Him.

The last part of verse 14 tell us that if we find wisdom it will be our future hope, and furthermore, that hope will not be cut off from us. This, of course, points forward to the Gospel; Jesus is our wisdom and our hope. Jesus is the one that will be our hope, and He is the one that we will never be separated from.

Because of Jesus’ death on the cross we have hope! If it were not for Jesus taking away our sins, we would still be under God’s wrath, and we would have no hope of ever being free from it. But because Jesus died for us and removed God’s wrath from us, now we have an everlasting hope that even when we sin, if we repent, Jesus has removed it from us!

Of course, as Paul says in Romans 6, the grace of God is not a license for us to sin; instead we are dead to our sins and trespasses.

Praise God that our sins have been removed, and that they have been replaced with hope!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Compassion

Today the pastor preached on Luke 15:1-10; talking about the lost sheep, and the lost coin.

The main way the pastor got the Gospel, was by talking about how God doesn’t just show sympathy, He shows compassion. The pastor started talking about Jesus in the passage, and how He showed compassion to the sinners and tax-collectors. He said that God showed compassion to us when He sent His son to die on the cross for us.

And he doesn’t just offer His compassion to us, and then walk away when we refuse it. Instead He gives it to us whether we ask for it or not; because it saves us.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

The Sermon: All for Jesus

Hello, today the Pastor preached on Luke 14:25-35.

The pastor talked about following Jesus. He said that because Jesus gave up everything for us, we should give up everything for Jesus. But we should always remember which comes first, Jesus first gave everything up for us, and so now the least we can do is give everything up for Him. Jesus didn’t give everything up for us because we gave everything for him, instead it’s the opposite.

I’m glad that the Pastor preached the Gospel!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Plotting Violence

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:1-2 which says

“Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;”

“2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.”

Verses 1 and 2 tell us that “their heats plot violence” and “their lips talk about making trouble”. We can see from verse 1 that Solomon is talking about the wicked. We are told not to envy them or desire their company, because they plot violence and make trouble.

This points forward to the pharisees. The Gospels tell us many times that the pharisees, who hated Jesus, plotted to kill Jesus. Their hearts plotted violence, and they talked about making trouble. But this does not only apply to the pharisees; it applies to us.

How? Every person who is born on this earth, aside from Jesus who is fully human and fully God, is born wicked. We are born with evil hearts, and we can’t do anything about it! Much like the pharisees, if left to ourselves, we would strive to obey the law and utterly fail. We would act righteous and pretend to be good, but instead our hearts would plot violence.

But we have a savior: Jesus! The pharisees, who were plotting violently against Jesus, killed Him on a cross.  But, of course, this was all part of God’s plan. Jesus had to die. He had to die to save all of us from our sin. But Jesus rose again on the third day, and arose to heaven to prepare a place for all believers. Praise God!

We can also learn from this passage that making friends with the wicked is wrong. This is an exhortation not to make friends with those who are not believers. Bad company corrupts good character. We can try and give them the Gospel if they are willing to hear, but we shouldn’t become very close friends with those who might try to influence us away from Christ.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Rejoicing in Righteousness and Setting our Hearts on the Right Path

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 23:19 and 24 which say:

“Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:”

“The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

Verse 19 tells us to set our heart on the right path. We may try that, but we will never succeed. Our hearts, on their own, are wicked and sinful. There is no way that we can set our hearts on the right path for long. We will always fall away, and turn back to sin on our own.

So it may seem that we’re helpless. How can we ever be right with God if we can never keep our hearts on the right path? However, there is a solution: Jesus. God loved us so much that He sent a sacrifice in our place; not only just a sacrifice, but His own son!

Verse 24 says that a righteous child brings joy to his father. If he has a wise son, then a father will be happy. Unfortunately, as Charity brought out in verse 19, we are not perfect. We cannot be righteous on our own. We cannot please our Father by ourselves. But God loved us so much that He sent us His son, who died on the cross with all our sin on Him.

We are now the righteousness of God. We are His righteous children. Because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, we are His children. Praise God!

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland