January 7 – God’s Mercy Has A Limit; Repentance Is A Must!
The people of Israel and Judah provoked God beyond proportion, and he promised to disown them. Jeremiah prophesied that God’s people have transgressed; they have persisted in their sins, therefore, they will bear consequences of their actions. The man of God prophesied that Israelites would remain subservient to their enemies and suffer till they have repented. Meanwhile, despite the promise of punishment, God also left his room of forgiveness and restoration open for his people. Should the people reverse their behavior, the Creator promised to forgive and restore whatever they have lost.
God who promised to allow the enemies to overpower his disobedient children also promised to punish the enemies of his children. People who took the advantage of Israelites’ downfall would not be exonerated. God said through Jeremiah, “In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; with continual weeping they shall come, and seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with their faces toward it, saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord In a perpetual covenant that will not be forgotten.’ “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; they have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. All who found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said, ‘We have not offended, because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, the Lord, the hope of their fathers.’ “Move from the midst of Babylon, go out of the land of the Chaldeans; and be like the rams before the flocks. For behold, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon An assembly of great nations from the north country, And they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be captured. Their arrows shall be like those of an expert warrior; none shall return in vain” (Jeremiah 50:4-9).
God is merciful, and he will forgive any sinner of his or her sins. Jehovah will restore the repentant sinner to the joy of his or her salvation. Meanwhile, people must understand that God’s grace of forgiveness will not last forever; Jehovah will stop his grace of forgiveness at a specific time to judge the unrepentant sinners. God will cast the unrepentant sinners to the lake of fire (known as hellfire) where they will suffer eternally. Since God’s judgment is imminent on sinners; all people ought to consider it necessary to repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Only Jesus Christ can successfully advocate for sinners on God’s day of judgment. Christ has sacrificed his life for humanity’s sins; whosoever repents of his (or her) sins and confess Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior will be saved.
Dear God, I understand that you will not leave the door of forgiveness and salvation open indefinitely, you will judge the unrepentant sinners at your own appointed time. Therefore, I repent of my sins and I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Please forgive my sins and write my name in the book of life so that I can inherit your eternal kingdom! For in the name of your Son Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
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