Ezekiel 45:9 Do What Is Just And Right

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This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop disposing my people, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 45:9 

Every nation has some leaders who are oppressive of those under them. They use brute force or violence to control the people and get what they want. Some of these are the top leaders, while others are lower down in authority. They can be found in homes all the way up to the head leader of the nation.

Underhanded wording or violence often pushes people out of position and places in order for someone else to get what he wants. The lives of many people are hurt and often destroyed because of these types of actions.

God tells the leaders of Israel to stop oppressing the people and to do what is right. He is bringing it to an end.

All throughout history  God has always done what is just and right for each and every person,  both individually and corporately. He is able to do this because of His great love for the people. Love compels God to do what is best for each person.

There have been some in the church who have lost the love of God in favor of position and power. They push and demand their way, crushing those who oppose them.

This type of action should never occur. Every believer is to be filled with God’s great love for everyone else. That love will compel them to do what is just and right to and for each person they are around.

As the church is living like this, it will spread through a nation all the way to the top levels. It is love, compassion and kindness that draws people to God, not the violence, oppression and demands that are often seen.

Regardless of your title or position in a church, or lack of one, you are a leader to someone. You have a choice in how you lead others.

Choose to lead in love doing what is just and right for each person. Show the love, compassion and mercy God has shown you to others. Give up the violence and harsh demands and replace them with God’s love. Love will go a long ways and cover up a multitude of sins. It is what builds God’s kingdom.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and all people; that you will lead others in God’s love; that God will guide you to do what is right; and that you will build His kingdom in love. 

Isaiah 55:7 Let There Be A Change

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Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7 

Changing personal ways is something most people do not ever want to do. It is something that is difficult and can often be somewhat painful.

Most people like the way they are and don’t see a reason to change. This can even be true when the change is for the better in the long wrong. Humans want the benefit immediately, not after a long time and lots of work. They want the benefits now without the hard work.

Through Isaiah, God calls those who are wicked to change their ways and thoughts and turn to Him. God is willing to have mercy upon them and free them from all guilt.

There are people every where who claim to follow Jesus, yet their lifestyle and thoughts do not show it. In fact, many will just claim that is who they are and they cannot nor will change. They stay living in a sinful way or keep on with the sinful thoughts in their hearts.

Churches are filled with people claiming to be believers, but are not willing to change. God has set a standard of living that is above the ways and thoughts of mankind. It is a holy and righteous standard of living.

One cannot earn his salvation by living a righteous life and turning away from sin, because that price was paid for by Jesus. However, turning from sin and changing the thoughts is a love response for what Jesus has done. It is showing that one is truly grateful for the salvation that Jesus has provided. It shows a change to a new creation in Christ Jesus.

As a believer, you have been forgiven and saved by Jesus. Your sins have been removed. Now it is time to change your ways and not go back to those sins or sinful thoughts. He will pardon you from your sinful ways when you turn from them.

Allow God to change you into the new image of Jesus. Be willing to forsake and turn away from old sinful habits and thoughts. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out. Do not stay the same in the old sinful ways.

God is ready to have mercy upon you and freely pardon you. Let Him do so.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to be your Savior; that you will turn from all sin towards God; that you will live your life as an image of Jesus; and that you will not abuse the mercy of God.