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Do You Have a Tender Heart? I - Part 2 of 2

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October 29, 2020 12:00 am

Do You Have a Tender Heart? I - Part 2 of 2

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October 29, 2020 12:00 am

“Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord” (2 Chronicles 34:27).

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Will and in a fire, and additional sure Bradley Junior welcoming you to another broadcast of the Baptist Bible. Our we continue today in the series of messages on the subject question. You have tender heart. There are many ways in which a heart can become hardened, sometimes because of bitterness, disappointment, resentment, all kinds of things can affect the attitude of our heart.

But if were going to have fellowship and communion with God. We need to have a tender heart.

I pray the message today will be a blessing to you is make it clear that he resist the proud but gives grace to the humble and even humility, grace person here that can say today when you know preacher I've always been rather tenderhearted SS just got in my nature and and and it's a joy to know that God has favored me and blessed me because my tender heart know you miss the point. If your heart is tender, but toward God. Today it is because of the grace of God. He has blessed you with that tender heart. Leave the subject were going to be talking about something that you can do to maintain that tenderness of heart, but I want to know the source of I want to know that it comes from God because that in itself is humbling to you. Never reach the point that you can sit back and admire what you've done who you are and say look at me. It was a struggle but I finally put it all together, though you never get it altogether. You are miserable failure when it comes to trying to make things right before God, in and of yourself but we're talking about what's done by free and sovereign grace to the question that may arise in your mind when I ask you, do you have a tender heart and we make it clear that is not purely being sentimental just being touched by some sad song. Her some scene that might move upon us as far as nature is concerned with talking about something that is beyond were talking about the kind of a tender heart that Josias had which moved him to see the Lord now what are the evidences that you have such a tender heart. First of all, as seen in the experience of Josiah himself.

It must be tender toward God.

Not just talking about other situation circumstances and events in life but if you have this tender heart that is the gift of divine grace. You have a tender heart toward God and first and foremost, that means that it grieves you greatly to dishonoring that when you come to see that you have disobeyed God, you have transgressed his law you have sinned against him. You are deeply convicted I were not talking here about suffering the consequences of sin.

Nobody wants to pay the bill talking here about the embarrassment of being exposed as a result of your sinful behavior with talking about the fact that when you see you have offended God. If nobody else ever knows about your sin, you know that he does.

He knows every detail. He knows all that you've done. He knows all that you think he knows all of your motives and when you realize I have sinned against God, with a tender heart. Your greed and your broken Psalm 51 contains the prayer of David after his great sin from one standpoint, we might view the scene in amazement to say how could a man who came as a young shepherd lad and thought successfully that battle so that Goliath was killed that young manhood already had experiences with God so that he had killed the lion and the bear with his own hands. How could that sweet singer of Israel who is described as being a man after God's own heart sin so terribly fall into such condemnation.

It required the word of the prophet to save thou art the man, but when he said David made no further excuse. He did not try to defend himself.

He was broken. Psalm 51, have mercy upon me old. According to thy lovingkindness. According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my scene is that often been your prayer Lord, I feel to be so undone. I feel the corruption of my own nature of feel unclean because of messy Lord I pray for Clint, for I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me against VV only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight, but that might just be justified when thou speak us and be clear when the judges one of the ways in which you can detect the humanistic thinking that has permeated even some Christian teachers today is that you will see when they begin to deal with the sin question. It generally comes about that. The real difficulty is it has disrupted your self-confidence, your self-esteem and you not feeling good about yourself and you need to overcome that it's all back to you. What was David's concern Lord against the. The only have I seen the opposite was not unaware of the fact that others had been adversely affected by his sin. Certainly you ride wants you I was dead treatment. Bathsheba was, he had totally disrupted her life strictly his own family suffered long.

The consequences of his actions. But what he was concerned about the guilt of the whole matter.

He knew that there was but one was God whom he enjoys in sin hold.

I was shaping up iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. The whole lot desires truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom purge me with hyssop actually clean wants me and Ashley wider than snow is your heart tender when you offend the Lord, are you deeply grieved you sometimes find it difficult to lift up your head.

You like the publican must smite upon your breast, saying, be merciful to the painful experience when one is made to see himself when God shows you your own corruption. But after all it's a wonderful blessing because to be convicted of sin is a token of his work within you and Jesus said in the sermon on the Mount. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. No real comfort without morning and the person who mourns as a blessed character. When you look back over your life today. Do you mourn over the fact when you see how little time you have given to thinking about how many times you have been first and foremost in all of your choices and all your plans.

You left.out is that review, you have a tender heart. Not only will the tender heart be grieved upon observation of its own sin, but also about the sin of others and second Chronicles chapter 34 verse 21, still talking about the experience of Josiah's is going to fire of the Lord for me and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah concerning the words of the book that is found for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out upon us because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord to do after all that is written in his book, what's the point Joseph was not only convicted about his own said he was deeply grieved when they look back at the history of his people. Others not honor God. This is something that has lately a card is grieved because of it that were not talking about becoming self-righteous, judgmental pharisaical were saying this but one mark of a tender heart.

Is that not only do you grieved when you have offended the Lord. But when you see others dishonor him. It breaks your heart, they were not talking about trying to take vengeance will not talk about retaliating, not talking about becoming hardhearted and better told him not breathing.

Psalm 119 in verse 136 rivers of waters run down mine eyes the clause.

They keep not by law, dishonest, just shed a tear. He says rivers of waters run down my eyes. Why because they keep not dialogue. When I look around me and I see others Lord that are dishonoring thy name. I am deeply greedy review when you see not only the sin of your own heart. But you see the corruption of our time.

You see the rebellious attitude that is displayed on the part of multitude you see those who denied the very existence and authority of God.

Those who would discredit his word.

Is it not review that my friends is the indication of a tender heart. If you're to the point that your own sin doesn't trouble you, and you're not grieved by the sin of others.

Your heart is being hardened for the more I believe that the tender heart can be recognized because it is tender towards the word of God not only toward the Lord's word in Isaiah chapter 66 verse two. See if God has worked in us both willing to do of his good pleasure and where working out that salvation is going to be manifest in some fruit and some evidence that something has transpired something is taken place within us, there has been a change so it says in the 66 chapter in the second verse of the book of Isaiah.

For all those things. Mine handmade and all those things have been saith the Lord. But this man well I look even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit and friendly at my word. That would already read the Lord condensate installed by in the heart of the humble and then I say to this man. Well, I look the one that is poor in spirit but not self-righteous, not making demands. Acknowledging God is sovereign and I'm deserving nothing that is poor in spirit, the one that is contrite and the wound excellently at my word. So the mark of having a tender heart. Is that not only are you sensitive about your own CN of the sin of others before God and the not want his name to be dishonored, but you are very tender toward his word.

What is the word of God mean to you. Do you hear it and pass it off. You hear it preached and maybe find it intriguing and interesting at the time of your being informed in some passage with which were not familiar is being expounded upon but then you pass it off and it means nothing to you when you leave the meeting place of the book of Amos Amos chapter 3, the fourth verse asked this question will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey when I go online and cry out of his day and if you have taken nothing but God is telling his people care through the prophet, is that when the Lord roars it's not an empty threat, God says, I mean what I say verse eight the lie bathroom word who will not fear the Lord God has spoken who can prophesy.

What about you when the lion roars when God sends the warnings of his word. Do you respond to that. You take his warning seriously as I well know preachers always talk about things like that. They're just trying to manipulate you get to do what they think you want to do but to a particular concern about that or as a matter of just dropping it off and saying well. It sounds little negative to me. I don't like to think negative thoughts.

I would think that something positive I want to hear that my friends when sounds the alarm on the notice heart set God's judgment is coming to take him at his word.

I believe what he says I want to heed the warning turn with me to a New Testament passage confirms that we ought to be concerned in this area.

Paul says in the book of second Corinthians chapter 5 in verse 11. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord we persuade man what we are made manifest under God trust also are made manifest in your consciences you think about that a minute. Have you ever been guilty of listening to preaching that seem to be constantly convicting pointing out your sin and calling upon you to commit than the way the Lord had you not just a little resentful of it. I just believe that to be more positive messages. I want something that's more uplifting and and consoles me what you have challenge the apostle Paul and said Paul why is it that you go to be motivated knowing the terror of the Lord just tell us about the mercy of God and the love of God. There's a place to talk about God's love. The scope of it is far brighter than we can ever imagine the grace of God is listening to be constantly proclaim all these wonderful doctrinal truths about grace and love and mercy. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord we persuade man we persuade you to do the right thing. We're persuading you to honor God and serve him because not only is not a God of love and mercy.

But we know the terror of the Lord and we find Peter using the same approach in his second epistle, second Peter chapter 3 is talking about the end of times talking about the return of Christ and the motivation that is set forth after telling us that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. In verse 10, he now says in second Peter 311 seeing band that all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought me to be in all holy conversation and godliness is on break I just don't believe the Web server got out a slavish fear. No, I don't either. Well to serve God out of love and gratitude but the reality of the fact that we are set up and take notice when God talks about judgment or when the Lord warns us that the Lord will come back as a thief in the night and that this ought to be influencing factor in our life, because he says as a result of this matter of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God are in the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to his promise. Look for new heavens and the new earth where he and well of righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things. What you're supposed to do. Be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless you saying if you're expecting your Lord to come back live like it live every day in the anticipation that Jesus Christ will return and when he comes back. I would like to be in the place of faithful service. Living a righteous godly life of the glory of his name. Obviously, even if he doesn't come back today or tomorrow or in your lifetime.

He still knows every part of your life every detail of Henderson the adequate motivation to serve him out of love and gratitude, but every time you see emphasis upon the truth of the second coming in the New Testament is generally connected to an admonition toward godly living. Find in the epistle of John that he says the man that hath this hope in him talking about the return of Christ purified himself even as he is pure. It has a purifying effect when you understand that this is not all of it or something else to come. Jesus Christ is coming back and as his servants will be watching and waiting and conducting ourselves in a godly manner to the praise of his name. If then your tender toward his word. You're going to take his warnings seriously. But not only so if your heart is tender toward the word of God, you're going to be comforted by the promises I've seen people who just could not find any satisfaction at all in the promises of God.

You read the more than they would find some way to get under it is able to adjust on the plan to me. I know that's what it says and I believe the Bible, but I can't see that there's any consolation for my situation. I believe that one of the evidences of tender heart is the your soul melts when you read his divine promises because they are precious and sweet to you one that's always been special to me is Isaiah chapter 43 the size of the second verse when Val passes through the waters, he didn't say if you pass it inside you might have some waters go through some deep cold waters of sorrow when when Val passes through the waters, I will be with the and through the rivers, they shall not overflow the have you ever been in the waters seen that the troubles that you were facing were more than you can bear. If you're in deep waters if the waters rising higher and higher as you go you feel like one more step and I'm going to be under sure happening alone. But if God himself says I will be with the you've got great consolation. He said when Val passes through the water. That doesn't indicate that you're going to drown. Even though you may sometimes feel like you going to pass through when thou walk us through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon their many kinds of troubles and trials to which we pass some of them are well described by the cold deep waters.

We feel to be a shield of the very bone we just feel that there such a barrier at that time the Lord doesn't seem to be there to warm our hearts and to cheer us and yet he's promising. I will be with their brothers depicted the fire. The fiery darts of Satan hurled temptations, testings of various kinds same Satan just wants to know what's happened in these recent days have been so difficult.

But he says you're going to walk through the fire. Those that stood to observe. Must've felt when Shadrach me shack and Abednego were cast into the fire, they would soon become soon those young men came without even the smell of smoke upon their garments in God's promise to you is that he's going to bring you through the fire. Usually we haven't covered neural the territory that I will talk about in conjunction with this text but let me conclude with this. If you have a tender heart and one of the evidences of it is that you are tender toward the word of God church within your tender toward the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the book of acts chapter 16 the apostle goes on the Sabbath day by the river where prayer was want to be made and it says the 14th verse and a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of five tire which worship God heard us whose heart the Lord opened that she intended under the things which were spoken of Paul, the Lord opened her heart as the Lord opened your heart as the Lord bless you to attend to the things that are spoken, there may have been a time when you first heard the gospel of the grace of God that you resisted the very thought of being told that you are a corrupt center with no righteousness to plead deserving nothing but the wrath of God caused you to draw back for something surely cannot be the truth. But now the Lord has opened your heart to see yourself and to know that my nature.

You have but by Gracie's removed it and given you a heart that is tender to his word to say yes it was grace that saved a wretch like me is your heart tender to his gospel and noticed that when she attended under the things which were spoken to Paul. She didn't just say I believe it and when she was baptized in her household she basalt us saying if you have judge me to be faithful to the Lord coming to my house and abide there and she can strengthen us to display the tenderness of heart that she had toward the gospel and toward the son of God, of whom the message speaks, she was back is your heart tender today Josiah had a tender heart. And God blessed the two sides of the issue God blesses you with a tender heart.

And then, because you have a tender heart. He blesses you simple. It's all of grace. I pray today's message is been profitable as you listen to this expounding of God's word. We appreciate it so much when our listeners take time to write and help us with the support of the program. Our grass is Baptist Bible out box 17/37, Cincinnati, OH 45217 note, we greet you next time. This it will share Bradley Junior bid you goodbye and may God bless you all.

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