My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Psalm 103 : 13 “As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear him.”
From the above context we understand that our God shows mercy to those who fear Him. Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear him. To those who truly pay reverence to his holy name, the Lord acts as a father to them. .God shows pity to those who deserve mercy.. Fathers feel for their children, especially when they are in pain, Fathers would like to suffer instead, of their children. Their sighs and groans causes them much pain. Similarly our heavenly Father is also very sensitive . We do not adore a god of stone, but the living God, who is tenderness itself. His pity never fails to flow, and we never cease to receive it.
Usually, a father shows compassion to his children. A father not only feels sympathy for his child, but has compassion and this is reflected in his nursing the child back to health. If one of his children is in trouble, it hurts him and compassioninspires him to extricate the child from danger. Like a good father, our heavenly Father also demonstrates strong compassion for us. God understands what we face, and He cares for us. The Bible encourages us to cast all our anxiety on our Father in heaven. It further reminds us, of “The steadfast love of the LORD that never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is His faithfulness.”
Many of you who are reading this message are expecting some mercy from God. You feel that if God shows mercy then all things will be well with you. You are actually expecting that someone should show you, some favour or mercy that you may progress in life. God is touching that person tonight, whom you think will be helpful to you. Because a father will be merciful, to his son, however good or bad he might be. The Bible records, about a father who was loving and forgiving. This father represents our God who is merciful and gracious to his children.
The father had two sons, The eldest son looked after his home affairs and his father’s cattle. But the younger son asked his father for his portion of goods and so the father divided to them his livelihood. The younger son gathered all his property and journeyed to a far away country. He thought he would live a better life with all his wealth. But he wasted all his wealth, with his friends, and indulged in all sorts of fun and pleasure. When he had spent all his money then there arose a famine in that land and he was in great need of money, food and he did not even have good clothing to cover himself. Finally he began to look after the swine, and he was compelled to eat the pods that the swine ate.
But one day when he came to himself, he thought about his father and all the servants in his house and therefore he decided to return to his father. And he arose and came to his father. And his father who was anxiously waiting for the return of his son, saw him coming he had compassion on him and ran to meet him. He fell on his neck and kissed him. This reveals the love and forgiving nature of the father. He loved his son in spite of his foolishness, and wrong doings. Such is the goodness of our heavenly father, and so is every father to his children. Therefore in case you think that if a particular person would show you mercy and that you will prosper in life because of that person then you ought to fear God. Because it is only God who causes him to show mercy to you.
If all these days, you had purposely sinned against God, having no fear for God then you need to repent of your sinful life. They fear the police standing on the roadways, they have fear for their earthly father and even their boss under whom they work but have no fear at all for God who is above all these people and has authority over them. We see that many do not have any fear for God. They live as they like as a result they go through much sorrow. Therefore if you need favour from someone then you need to fear God. Because the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting, on those who fear Him. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank You, for Your mercy and loving kindness. Teach us to fear You at all times. Never to refrain ourselves from God. Never to commit sin wilfully. Help us to be like the younger son who returned to his father and so was blessed. May we learn to obey, and never to depart from our father.