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The power of God’s compassion

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus“(Phil. 4:19).

We have recently looked at how a poor Moabite girl came to live in Israel and have a wealthy near-relative of her husband’s “spread his garment” over her (Ruth 3:4), a quaint way of speaking about marriage.

As a result, Naomi, who had returned from Moab bitter about the loss of her husband and 2 sons (Ruth 1:20-21), is now the recipient of blessings from her female peers:

“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him” (Ruth 4:14-15).

Every part of this love story is amplified in Jesus’ love and compassion for us and our redemption. The story of Ruth reminds us about what it means to have Jesus as our redeemer. Our sorrow for our sin and hopelessness has been permanently changed into joy and hope for we have been redeemed from judgment and death to become the eternal bride of Christ.

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth (Eph. 1/7-10).

As millions of Christians around the world recite the Apostle’s Creed which dates from the 4th century, let us remember our Saviour who redeemed us from our poverty and brought us into the riches of His inheritance:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

All quotations are from the NLT.

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