Today you should read: Jeremiah 6:1-9
Today we have a solemn passage in the book of Jeremiah. God has shown through Jeremiah how unfaithful that Israel has been. He talked about Israel’s need to repent but their unwillingness. Now Jeremiah is starting, in chapter 6, to talk about how God is bringing judgment on Israel for their hard hearts and refusal to repent.
Our lives are not going to be perfect but we should heed what God says in Hebrews 3:15,
As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
We need to run to Him in repentance like 1 John 1:9 says,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God wants us to feel sorrow over our sin, yes, but He wants us to feel sorrow while in His arms not while hardening our hearts in rebellion.
Jeremiah tells them that there is a disaster coming and that they should flee (v.1). Yet God is still urging His people to repent (v.8). God is all about restoration. He wants to forgive. He wants to restore. But He wants us to come to Him in repentance and turn from our sin.
Today, where are you living in sin? Look at your life over the last 3-4 months… Are there any sin patterns popping up in your life?
Remember! We are NEW CREATIONS in Jesus. He has made us new. 2 Corinthians 5:17,
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone and behold, the new has come.
As followers of Jesus, we should live in grace. This grace should motivate holiness in our lives. Cling to this truth today found in Romans 6:1-2,
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College
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