Today you should read: Jeremiah 36:1-20
7 It may be that their plea for mercy will come before the Lord, and that every one will turn from his evil way, for great is the anger and wrath that the Lord has pronounced against this people.” (ESV)
I would say that our lives would be a lot different if we took our sin more seriously. How often do we think about our sin as simply some bad things we do, and not realize that God truly hates sin, so much so that Jesus had to die for it? Jeremiah says that God has “anger and wrath” against the people of Israel because of their serial disobedience. Without Christ, we are all in the same boat.
The Bible says that before Christ we were, “were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Eph. 2:5) Our sin is not just a problem that needs to be overcome, it is a death that we need to be made alive from.
The good news is that God is a gracious and merciful God. He simply requires that we “turn” from our sin and receive His forgiveness. As we put off the old, become renewed in the spirit of our minds, and put on the new (Eph. 4:22-24), God transforms us and makes us into what we can’t on our on—like Jesus.
I often say that there is no silver bullet to spiritual maturity, but one of the most consistent qualities of spiritually mature Christians is consistent repentance. This comes from increasing awareness of sin as well as increasing awareness of the grace and mercy of God to forgive and redeem.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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