July 13, 2015

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 19

When King Jehoshaphat of Judah arrived safely home in Jerusalem, Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him. “Why should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD?” he asked the king. “Because of what you have done, the LORD is very angry with you. Even so, there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asherah poles throughout the land, and you have committed yourself to seeking God.” (‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭19‬:‭1-3‬ NLT)‬‬‬

Today’s reading is a short one but we notice a pretty big concept here.

It is not our mistakes of the past that define us but our desire to grow and move forward
Jehoshaphat made a huge mistake in the previous chapter fighting alongside Ahab. This battle only brought shame and loss to those who fought in it. God, through Jehu, made the reference you see above. Although Jehoshaphat had turned to evil ways in partnering with Ahab God still saw his heart and knew that, despite a mental lapse of judgement, he desired to follow God and serve Him.

This principal rings true for us as well. Although we may have times we give in to pressure or temptation, we can still know God cares for us and that has given up on us. We can also know that, despite our short-comings, we are always welcome into God’s house and
His family and He is always ready to forgive us for our sins and purify us from all righteousness (1 john 1:6-7). So we all need to be ready to Sk forgiveness and move in to the next growth step as we walk with Jesus.

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Posted by: Robbie Byrd

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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