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Session 35

God’s character revealed

Read: 2 Samuel 24:10-25

As the scorpion leaped from the fish’s back, landing on the river bank, the stinger hit its mark and the fish struggled to stay upright as the paralyzing poison did its work.

“You promised you wouldn’t sting me if I carried you safely across,” gasped the fish.

“But I’m a scorpion, and that’s what scorpions do,” came the indifferent reply.

In contrast, God’s character is one of compassion, grace and mercy. His plans are to prosper and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). 

King David knows God’s character well, yet he also knows that there are consequences to his actions. To bring attention to himself and with pride in his heart, he sets out to document his astounding military strength. Once David realizes his sinful, foolish pride, he is guilt-stricken and surrenders to God. “Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands” (2 Samuel 24:14).

God is merciful and just, yet He loves us too much to let our sin go unpunished.

God is merciful and just, yet He loves us too much to let our sin go unpunished. Let’s not allow the sting of the consequences of sin to paralyze us, but instead help us to be more resolute to draw closer to God. Just as He stopped the plague on Israel and provided a way for David to bring peace between Israel and God (2 Samuel 24:16-18), God, through His son Jesus, has made a way for us to be reconciled to Him.

Reflect:

  • Like David, do you feel guilt-stricken from a sin in your life?
  • Have you confessed it and asked God to forgive you? If not, will you do it today?
  • If you have confessed it, what is one way you can remind yourself each day that God’s character is one of grace and mercy and He has already forgiven you?

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

God’s character revealed

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