Today you should read: Ezekiel 18
Today, I want to just focus on one verse:
23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?
As much as God hates sin, this verse should bring comfort in seeing that while God must deal swiftly, the greater desire of his heart would be that sinners would repent and turn from their sin toward God. This goes against the stereotypical (and un-Biblical) assumption that the Old Testament God is a God of wrath, and the New Testament God is a God of grace. God is just and gracious, and these two truths are not mutually exclusive.
God’s heart is that we would repent and walk with Him. The next time you fall into the snare of sin, remember that God desires you to come back to Him. He is not surprised by your sin. Be reminded of what Jesus says to you in the gospels:
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28
By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor
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