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When God says “I will restore the years that the locust has eaten,” Who is the promise for? And How can this promise be fulfilled? [Part 2/2]

What does the Lord require of you? …to love mercy… (Micah 6:8)

The second dimension of your calling is to love mercy, not merely show it! People who love mercy look for any opportunity to show it. We’ve talked about ways in which you may have wronged other people, but there are also situations in which other people have wronged you.

If someone has wronged you, it is very likely that at some point God may bring about circumstances in which you have an opportunity to settle the score. What are you going to do? What you do when God puts you in a position where you can get even will reveal a great deal about your character.

What did Jesus do? Remember the story about the Pharisees who somehow caught a woman in the act of adultery and brought her to Jesus. He loved mercy by releasing her and telling her to “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11).

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God makes an astonishing promise to his people: “I will restore the years that the locust has eaten.” Today on Unlocking the Bible, Pastor Colin unpacks the meaning of: “the years that the locust has eaten.” [Part 1/2]

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For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
— Psalm 62:1-2
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What does the Lord require of you? To act justly… (Micah 6:8)

That means you do what is right even when it is costly. You pursue integrity rather than convenience. It means asking, “How I can give full value?” rather than wondering, what I can get away with? It means refusing to take advantage of someone who is vulnerable. It means treating the weak the same way you would treat the strong. It means showing proper respect to every person as a man or woman made in the image of God.

Always speak and act in private in a way that would not make you ashamed if it were made public. That’s how every Christian should live. One day we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and everything you do and say in secret will be brought out into the open.

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Being a teenager is hard. Being a Christian teenager is harder. We need your prayers.

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Always speak and act in private in a way that would not make you ashamed if it were made public.
— Colin Smith
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What is the holiness of God? Pastor Colin explains that it is like fire. Find out why, today on Unlocking the Bible.

How Christ Changes Death — Colin Smith

God said, “In the day that you eat of it [the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil from which he had commanded them not to eat] you will surely die” (Gen. 2:17). Death is the direct outcome of sin in the world and sin in our lives. If there had not been sin, there would not have been death.

The ultimate proof that all of us are sinners is that all of us die. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23)... “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law” (1 Cor. 15:56). What does that mean? Simply that to go into death and stand before almighty God as a sinner who has failed to keep his law would be the ultimate disaster. And that is the position that all of us would have been in were it not for the fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sin and was raised from the dead.
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