Devotional 5/21

Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;  therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly, your wholeness when broken; your innocence when guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.
Alan Cohen

God’s forgiveness is so great, and sometimes we actually believe that it is possible to abuse His mercy… let me be possibly the first to tell you that it is not possible. God watches us, and directs us even while we are on the wrong path and even when our hearts are wayward from Him. God looks away from the proud, and departs from those who turn to other gods; but God still watches over his loved ones. The Lord departs from us if we become reprobate, which is not becoming a backslider. Reprobate minds are what God speaks about in Romans 1, where He gives some over to a faithless and ignorant mind to do as they please. This is when people lose faith in God, and resist and fight Him to the point that He give us over to a place where salvation is no longer possible. Losing salvation, or Holy Spirit departing from our lives is possible, but it takes much more than we think because God is love.

We meet the love of God when we read His word: we recognize His mercy, His grace and His favor in our lives through the journey we partake with Him. See, the people of the bible did not deserve any good thing from the hands of God, because they sure did not always choose the correct paths and they were ever concerned with their own desires. Most people in the bible CHOSE to ignore God, chose to sin, yes deliberate sin. And of these people, there were some whom God judged, and others who God pulled toward Himself in repentance instead. If you ever take the time to study the scriptures, I can guarantee that you will be able to see the love of God and the wrath of God towards us.See the source image

Judean king, Manasseh was one of the most wicked kings of Israel, he reigned for 55 years. The bible says that he became king at 12 years young, he used different forms of witchcraft: soothsaying, sorcery, and consulted mediums. He was so evil, that the bible says he provoked God to anger. Manasseh seduced the people of Israel to engage in evil practices, even more evil than the nations which God actually destroyed for being evil! God would speak to them, but they would not change, they would not repent. And the Lord did not free Manasseh from the consequences of his sins. He was taken captive by the king of Assyria, and in the midst of his graven need he called out to the Lord. And because of God’s great love, He heard Manasseh’s prayer and placed him back in the kingdom. God could have ignored him, right? Maybe, if God rationalized like a human, He would’ve ignore him…

2nd Chronicles 33:13 says that it was then when Manasseh knew that the LORD was God. Now, God allowed a bad thing to happen to Manasseh, because it would work for his good, God knew it would change his heart. Manasseh destroyed altars, idols and issued decrees for the land to serve Jehovah the one true God; He was able to turn back to God! Just like Manasseh, the love of God changes our lives. If He can work in Manasseh, and so many others by the revelation of His love- then He can do the same, if not more for you.

When you begin to know GRACE, you perceive the undeserved love, salvation, and favor of God. Our Lord is a father, and he knows that our identity does not lie directly in our behavior. If this was so then king David, Hosea’s wife, Saint Peter, Sampson, king Solomon, and king Manasseh would be counted out of God’s love and mercy.

Let’s pray:

Lord today, I pray a simple prayer: reveal your love to us. May your love for us cause us to let go of things which do not serve us, cause us to trust you completely and cause us to be fully obedient. I rebuke all guilt, memories, shame and self condemnation to stand in the way of your love and our hearts. In Jesus name, Amen.  

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