Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Challenge of Jeremiah

Today, I'm back to the study of Jeremiah, and am beginning chapter 5: 1 - 2.
This is the Lord speaking to Jeremiah, and he says: "'Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the trugh, I will forgive this city.' Although they say, ' As surely as the Lord lives,' still they are swearly falsely".
This isn't the only time in scripture that the Lord asks one of his faithful servants to try to find one righteous person, so he can withhold judgement from the people. He asked Lot to do that in Sodom and Gomorrah, he sent Jonah to preach repentance and the coming judgement on the people of Nineveh.
We can't sugar coat or whitewash the gospel - we are to witness with the same boldness and confidence in the Lord that Jesus did, and we have to remember that we also have to do that with a spirit of love. Let those who you witness to, see that it's the love of God that is pleading for repentance, because he doesn't want anyone to perish. (II Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but everyone to come to repentance".)
You see, if He didn't love us so much, he wouldn't continue to plead with us to come to him for love, forgiveness, and freedom from the bondages that hold us. He wants to give each of us a life with joy, even in the midst of life's daily trials. He wants to show you that he's a loving Father, a faithful friend, and a constant source of strength.

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