Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely. Hosea 7:13
There are times when a person wants to be friends with someone who has turned away. All that occurs is one just speaks false lies about the other. No chance is given to amend the friendship and it stays broken.
It is common for people to only think about themselves and talk bad about other people. They have their minds made up that others are bad, whether they are or are not. They refuse to look at the true facts of a person or a situation.
God is warning Israel of coming destruction for them because of their rebellion against Him. He wants to save them, but all they do is tell lies about Him. He is unable to save them from the coming destruction.
Over time there has been some people who have walked away from God. For some reason they have chosen to no longer be a believer in God. As they walk away, they also begin to bad-mouth God, speaking lies to all who are willing to listen. They judge God as being false, not real or not really loving.
Often these judgements are based off of reactions of people and not God Himself. God is a loving, compassionate and patient God. He does not want anyone to be punished or die in their sins. God is always reaching out in love to forgive and restore people, however, many do not want to be restored.
Those who are believers today, must always keep their mind on who God is and what He has done for them. They must never allow the thoughts that God is unloving or uncaring, regardless of how hard of circumstances they must go through.
You may have gone through some tough times in your life. You may have times where you are questioning God’s love, care, and power.
Take a moment to read the Bible and then think about what God has done in the past for others and for you. Now remember those things and talk about those things. Do not allow your heart to grow cold against God and walk away from Him.
God does love you and is concerned about you. He only wants what is best for you. Trust Him in knowing what is best and don’t believe the lies of the enemy and begin talking bad about Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will always remember the good God has done for you; that you will not rebel against God and walk away from Him; and that you will tell the truth of God’s great love and compassion for others.
You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, you people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 20:44
When a crime is committed by a person, people want the person to pay for it. They want punishment to be brought upon the person.
Generally most people want the punishment to fit the crime. The more serious the crime, the greater the punishment. No one wants a person who stole a piece of candy to get a death sentence. At the same time, many want the person who murdered a person in cold-blood to get the death sentence.
Ezekiel tells that people that God is telling them that He will not deal with them as their evil ways dictate. God works in a different way and will have mercy upon them.
Most people do not really see how sinful sin is. They do not see how bad every sin is regardless of how great or how little it is. Many think that little sins can be overlooked and forgotten. Yet, with God all sin is sin. And all sin is punishable by death for eternity.
No one can say that they have never sinned, so everyone can have, and does, the judgement of death upon their heads. Yet, God in His great love and mercy, chose not to destroy them. He is willing to forgive and move forward.
God does this for His namesake, not because of something the people did. It shows His true character of true love and mercy.
Every believer has been forgiven and, yet, sins again, hopefully unintentionally. At that point he deserves death…again. Yet God still has mercy and forgives…again. God does not want to kill, but to make alive.
As a believer, you have already seen some of the mercy and love of God. There will be times when you will make a mistake and fall into a sin. Do not give up trying to live for God. Go back to Him for His love, mercy and forgiveness.
God is not out to destroy or condemn you. He is right there waiting to love and forgive you. Give God the chance to forgive you. Then strive to live for Him, being led by His Holy Spirit. God will work with you as you allow Him too. God is a God of love and mercy.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will live for God; and that you will know God’s love and mercy for you and others.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness;” Jeremiah 31:3
Everyone loves to be loved, but not everyone feels loved. Some people love fairy tale stories that end with everlasting happiness and love, while others hate the stories. They love them because it is something that they dream of, while the others hate it, because they don’t see that type of love in reality.
The love most people see is often very conditional. One loves as long as it is going his own way, otherwise there is hatred or apathy.
Jeremiah reminds the people that in the past and to the present God loved Israel with an everlasting love. God drew the people to Him through His kindness.
God’s love for people has never changed. He still loves with a perfect, never-ending love. His love is not conditional on whether a person believes in Him or not, whether the person sins or does not sin, God loves regardless.
With that perfect love, God shows a kindness that most people do not understand. Sin separates one from God and brings about death. Yet, He is right there willing to forgive sins and make everything right again. God does this because of love.
God’s great love for people causes Him to be kind, rather than hateful. He wants everyone to come to Him and have a relationship with Him. This can only be done with forgiveness. His love makes this possible.
People want to be loved and need to be loved. When a person realizes God’s great love for him, he will be drawn to God. He will no longer want to run away from that great love and go back into death.
There may be times when you don’t feel as if anyone loves you, including God. God may appear to be far away and distant from you, not very loving.
Do not forget that God still does love you. He is being kind to you, not giving you what you deserve, but drawing you to Him to restore you and pour His love into you.
Regardless of what you have done in the past, how much you have sinned, God still loves you. You can return to Him and be changed and used by God.
Whether anyone in this world loves you or not, God does love you with an everlasting and perfect love.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s perfect love; that you will know the kindness God is showing you; that you will have a relationship with God; and that you will stay by God’s side at all times.