Meditation

09/15/2021

Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7)

The Lord shows mercy to those who forsake wickedness and evil. Wicked conduct and evil thoughts obstruct God’s grace. God offers a free pardon to those who repent. Repentance is an inward reversal of life,, a radical change of thought and conduct.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we are told God’s heart jumps with joy at a sinner who had forsaken Him to pursue wickedness and evil; however, he still offers a free pardon to to who repent. One who truly repents show obvious signs of changing their lifestyle, and their conduct and thoughts reflect a radical change. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Nothing is as so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”

KNOWING GOD:

This is what the Lord says: ‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and to to harm you, plans o give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:10-11)

God graciously promised to bring the scattered Jewish exiles in Babylon back to their homeland after seventy years (25:11-12). His plans for His people are always abundant with His grace.

I AM:

Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” (Hosea 14:2)

God’s grace forgives our sins in answer to the prayer of repentant. Those who turn to Him in penitent confession will in no wise be cast out. The prophet provided words to use in confession. The people needed to use them in heartfelt sorrow for sins to experience God’s grace and mercy.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” (2nd Corinthians 4:15)

The good news of God’s grace was reaching more and more persons I Corinth and elsewhere during he Apostolic Age. His grace is behind the growth and expansion of the Christian faith. We should overflow with thanks and praise on our lips as God causes His church to grow.

It is true that people are more and more hungry for sermons that help them develop their relationships with God through Christ Jesus. They want to know what to expect their lives to be like and what do they need to do to be more like Christ. Simply put, we are to reach out to all we encounter with the Good News of Salvation. We do this with love and well-being towards all other people. The people will respond to the purity of self-less love, as they did towards Jesus. Study your Bible alone and in groups; worship at home and in church; take God’s Word into the world you live and work in. Clear enough? I pray so.

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