WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH, 2021
THEME: ACKNOWLEDGE AND FORSAKE YOUR INIQUITY
PASSAGE: JEREMIAH 3: 11-15
MEMORY VERSE: Jeremiah 3:13-14 “Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your charms, to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord.”
HYMN: MHB 350 (L.M.) – WITH broken heart and contrite sigh.
The worst sin that a man would not expect his wife to commit is adultery, not to mention going into full-scale prostitution. The issue of infidelity in marriage has forced some spouses to take laws into their hands, killing or maiming the errant spouses or whoever had illicit affairs with them. It is regarded as a heinous crime for a married woman to go into prostitution while still under her husband’s roof.
The sins of the people of Israel and Judah were regarded as whoredom, harlotry or prostitution by God, because they left Him, the Source Being, to worship various gods. They left God, their first love, for gods made of woods and stone. Yet, God was willing to accept them back as a man who accepted back his wife who divorced him to live with another man. The compassionate God was willing and ready to accept them back.
This is a call to us, like the people of Judah, that no matter how grievous our sins are, God is willing to forgive us. He is not interested in the death of sinners, but for them to repent and live (Ezekiel 18:23; 33:11). God wants us to confess and forsake our sins in order to escape from His wrath. King David killed Uriah after having affairs with Uriah’s wife, yet God forgave him when he came to His presence with a broken heart and contrite sigh, admitting his sin (2 Samuel 12:1-14).
There is no salvation without confession and repentance from the sinful way. We cannot be doing it the same way and expect a different result. So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm (Joel 2:13).
PRAYER: Most merciful God, I acknowledge my shortcomings. Please be merciful to me and forgive my multitudes of iniquities, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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