by Paul Tautges | February 15, 2013 7:59 am
This morning, my heart was drawn into John 10…again. How often the Spirit brings comfort and assurance to my sometimes-frail faith through meditating on the love of Jesus Christ for sinners like me. He is not only my Lord and Savior, but my faithful Good Shepherd. By focusing my mind on the following verses my heart was ministered to by the Spirit through these words from Jesus.
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:11-15)
Here I found food for my soul in the form of 4 assurances.
Not only does He desire my greater good, but He does so for His glory. One of the most glorious benedictions in Scripture assures us of this truth. Ponder these words:
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21).
The Good Shepherd continues to love and care for those who repent and believe in His saving work and saving Name. Set your mind on these things.
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