A Spiritual Sandwich (Relishing the Nurturing Word – Yummy)

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward men appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done {thank God}, but according to his mercy he saved us– Titus 2:11, 3:4-5. Grace is God’s divine and unmerited favor upon our lives which brings to men and women salvation. Mercy is, from God’s point of view, the withholding of judgment, and because He withholds any judgment from the believer, you and I may continue enjoying God’s kindness and love for us every single moment of every single day. Notice in the preceding verses that first God’s grace appears to all, then kindness, then the love of God, and then His mercy; in other words, we have what I call a spiritual sandwich. First, God lays down a slice of divine grace that brings salvation; then, in the middle a big, thick portion of kindness seasoned with the love of God; and then it is topped off with a big, thick slice of His own special mercy. God has already accepted us into His household and given us a seating with Christ at the table of life. For dessert, God in Christ serves up a large helping of eternal life to go (to heaven), spoon-fed to us with the love of God. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Thus, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. The Word is called the bread of life (John 6:48), and wholesome words (I Timothy 6:3). Jeremiah confessed: Thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart– Jeremiah 15:16. When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6- Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. The quenching of our thirst and the true satisfaction from the cravings and hunger pangs of our soul for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality that we may relish within our lives as we receive the gracious, nurturing Word of God.” ~LMJ~