24th July 2017

School Report 

“Then those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of Him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him.”
Malachi 3:16 (TLB )
 

Our son and his wife recently sent us a copy of our 6 year old granddaughter’s school report to share their pride in her progress, although they already knew they were preaching to the converted. What grandparents don’t see their grandchildren through rose-tinted glasses? It’s good to see she has settled in well and is making progress in the various subjects like maths and English. But what stuck out was the comment by her teacher that she is a friendly, kind and helpful child who is always willing to help others in the class.

So although God does not do a report on us, it got me wondering what He might say? Would it say we were a good listener, who pays attention and is always wanting to learn? Would it say we always did our homework/Bible study? Would it say we communicated with the teacher/God and our other classmates/Christians well? Would it say we were kind to others, friendly and helpful? Would it say we were enthusiastic and cheerful in our daily life? Would it say, as some of my school reports did, could do better!

Perhaps it’s just as well that we don’t get a report on our Christian life! We may be shocked at our failings and lack of effort! But perhaps deep inside we know ourselves well enough so the good and the bad are not a surprise.

But the incredible thing is that God still loves us, as we are, right now. God knows our best and our worst, yet we are still precious to Him. Surely some of the most amazing scriptures in the Bible are the verses in Psalm 103.8-13, “He is merciful and tender to those who don’t deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for his mercy toward those who fear and honour him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is like a Father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him.”

Just imagine a report from God which simply says, Relax, I have removed your sins from you, as far as the east is from the west! But, as it says in Psalm 103, that is exactly what God has done for us!

Prayer
Merciful and loving Father, help us to grasp the enormity of those verses in Psalm 103 and what they tell us about your love and grace for all humanity. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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