by Jeff Strite

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The Kiss of God (2 of 4)
Series: The Kiss
Jeff Strite
Psalm 85:1-13

OPEN: A man and wife were sitting in their living room when they noticed their neighbor across the street pull up in to his drive. He stepped out of the car with flowers in his hand, met his wife at the door and laid a passionate kiss on her.
As they watched all this play out across the street, the woman turned to her husband and wistfully said, ''Why don't you do that?''
The man looked at his wife and replied, ''Well, Honey, I hardly know the woman.''

APPLY: That wife was looking for a special kind of love. She was looking for a love that said she was worth something… that she was valuable.

That's the kind of love Scripture says God has for us.
And that's the kind of love the Bible says we can learn to practice when we follow God.

1st John tells us:
''Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.'' 1 John 4:7-8

In other words: REAL love comes from God because God is the real thing: He is love. Thus, as it says in I John 4:19 ''We love because he first loved us.'' We know how to love, because we've learned from the Master. We love best when we learn to copy God's kind of love.

Now, Psalm 85 tells us about God's kind of love.
But it starts out telling us we aren't worthy of His love.
Why not?
Because God is righteous… and we're not.
We've all sinned. We've all failed.
We don't deserve His love.

In verse 5 the Psalmist acknowledges that when he asks God ''Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? (Ps. 85:5). And a couple verse before in vs. 3, this Psalm talks about the fact that God had ''fury''… He had ''wrath'' towards us

Ephesians 2 explains why God would have this anger:
''As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed ...

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