Pastoral 2017

He Will Not Always Chide

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 December 2017

Print

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever” (Psalm 103:9).

Though God’s people have often provoked the LORD, He has not dealt with them according to their sins. Psalm 78:38-39 tell us, “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

If the LORD were to chide us on every occasion when we sin, we would have been totally devastated. How consoling it is that the LORD will not always chide, though we often offend Him and deserve His chiding! The LORD is unlike those who take every occasion to chide, and never know when to stop! What would become of us if God had dealt angrily with us at every occasion of our sin?

Our text also says, “neither will he keep his anger for ever.” In the preceding verse, the psalmist testified that “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy” (v. 8). Because He is merciful and gracious, He is also “slow to anger.” His patience toward us is very great. The LORD knows how feeble we are, and shows His pity on us by withholding His anger from us. In Isaiah 57:16, the Lord proclaimed, “For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.” The LORD does not chide us for every fault; neither does He chide us for a long time nor hold any grudge against us. If He had always chided, our spirits would have failed altogether. That would have crushed our spirits!

Such longsuffering and compassion should not be taken for granted. We must quickly put off our sins and turn to Him in repentance and gratefulness. Nothing is more foolish than trying to exploit God’s grace and patience by continuing in sin.

Also, having received plenteous mercy and patience from God, every child of God must now show the same kind of longsuffering to others. Too much chiding might lead others to be disoriented and disillusioned. Some parents, by their constant rebuke and bitter dealing with children, drive them away. So let us be slow to anger toward those who have erred. Let us pay heed to Galatians 6:1a, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness.

 

Testimony of Sis Adeline Chen

Dear Pastor,

First and foremost, our family praise and thank God for a most blessed three years in Singapore.

Being born and raised in Australia the whole of our lives, the move to Singapore with the absence of family support was an apprehensive but exciting and challenging one. It is with thanksgiving that three years later, we can call Gethsemane church our Singapore family.

Time passed quickly and our Lord God has been ever faithful, leading and guiding us through each step of our time here. While there have been much blessings, we have also experienced trials. But our Lord God is sovereign and almighty, and knows our every need. Surely, His grace is always sufficient for us and we praise God for sending comfort and strength (on not a few occasions) in the form of fellow brethren-in-Christ to encourage and pray for us.

Praise and thank God for the kindness, generosity and warm fellowship afforded to us through Gethsemane B-P Church. Our sons, Noah and Elijah, have enjoyed their stay here, such that Noah possesses a strong Singaporean accent! We will “miss” hearing it (which certainly reminds us of Singapore) as he gradually adapts back to the Australian way of life.

It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to Gethsemane church, and the country of Singapore which we had fondly called our “home” for the past three years. We will miss you all greatly, but we are assured of our bond as brothers and sisters in Christ.

The move back to Australia will be exciting and challenging, but we take heart from our favourite Scripture in song: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

God willing, we will see you all again soon – in Penang – for your annual Church Camp!

 

Greetings from the Philippines

Dear Pr Jeremiah,

Warm greetings to you and Sis Gina in the blessed name of Jesus our Lord! I pray that this letter will find you both in best of health.

I’m very thankful to God for giving me good and generous friends whom I will never forget as long as I live. Truly, I was so overwhelmed and happy for such a wonderful gift of an iPad. I will treasure this tablet because installed in it is God’s Word, God’s Word of life, which I delight to read. Now there are only four books that I have not read completely: they are Revelation, Lamentations, Song of Solomon and Judges. By God’s grace, soon I will finish all the books of the Bible. Now with greater knowledge of God’s Word, I am even more aware that God is true to His words. Praise the Lord for all His goodness to me!

I wish I could come again to Singapore and tell you more about the wonderful things that God had done for me. However, I’m sure that even though I might not be able to do so here on earth again, I’ll meet you all when Jesus comes.

I’m always praying for all the seniors in the group. Although I can’t mention all of your names, I can remember your faces, for I have your pictures. On Thursdays, I would pray for you, imagining that I’m with you. I would be thinking of you all reading the Bible, sharing and praying, followed by the preachers giving the message – Pr Jeremiah speaking in English and Pr Daniel interpreting in Chinese. Then I would also read the Bible verses given in the “Daily Reading” list in the tablet. My earnest prayer is that through the messages from the Bible given by Pr Jeremiah and Pr Daniel, the seniors’ faith will be strengthened and their lives more fruitfully lived for Christ. I’m also praying for Gethsemane church that more people will come to Jesus through her evangelism efforts.

Please send my regards to all of the seniors. I can only remember some names like Jessie Ng, Mr and Mrs Wong, Elder and Mrs Mah, Dorothy Ng, Rebecca Leong – oh I can’t remember all their names but I have their pictures. It is wonderful to be with God’s people and I cherish those times when I was with you because you have shown God’s love to me through your generosity and eagerness to read God’s Word to me.

Pr Jeremiah and Sis Gina, thank you so much again for remembering me in prayer and in such a meaningful practical way.

To God be the glory!

Your friend in Christ,
Rebecca (Eric Delina’s mother)