Chesed ~ Lovingkindness

Chesed (חסד, also Romanized khesed, ẖesed) is a Hebrew word commonly translated as “loving-kindness,” “kindness” or “love.” Chesed is central to Jewish ethics and Jewish theology and is a common term in the Bible for describing God’s love for humankind and God’s special relationship with the Children of Israel. The word “chesed” or lovingkindness is mentioned 242 times in the Bible. This makes it significant. image This morning Pastor Rob preached a message from Exodus 34 of God’s lovingkindness.

Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God,compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and [truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

Exodus 34:6-7

It is not just something God does but it is Who He is. God abounds in His lovingkindness. His lovingkindness cannot be contained. He is persistent with His lovingkindness and He puts His lovingkindness into action faithfully. Our first response is to be in a right covenant relationship with our Father. We will not be able to understand or benefit from His lovingkindess unless we are in a relationship with Him. Once we have been called into a covenant relationship with Him we are able to meditate on, pray for, see and live our life through the faithful view of His lovingkindness. Than we will be able to spread His lovingkindness among others. God’s lovingkindness was poured out to the Jews in the Old Testament. His lovingkindness has been broadened through the New Testament. Our prayer is you have examined your faith to find yourself in the right relationship with Him. We pray you believe that God is holy, just, forgiving and has an active love for you as His covenant child. We pray you believe, know and fully understand Christ suffered, died and rose again. We pray you have been drawn near to Him and are truly looking at your salvation through the eyes of His lovingkindness. Again, may we repeat, only through a covenant relationship with God our Savior are we able to know, see, meditate on, understand, pray for & live out His Lovingkindness.

Read through, meditate on, and pray:

Psalm 136

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Serving and walking forward in His faithfulness and His lovingkindness, The R.O.C. Team

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