Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.” I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. Hosea 14:3-4 ESV
One of the most controversial and gravely undervalued Biblical principles of Christianity is, watch out Y’ALL…’REPENTANCE’! Like the Ol Skool Preacha used to say, “I guess I done lost half my church, huh?”
While many 21st Century Biblical Scholars typically shun broaching the very suggestion, much less accept its validity or even legitimacy. Yet, last time I checked, it’s still in The Book. In fact, personally, I most ardently believe that a careful inspection of the Holy Writ emphatically implicates its ETERNAL significance! Without ‘GODLY REPENTANCE‘, can there ever be true Salvation? #Don’tshoutmedownnah!
According to 2 Peter 3:9 “The LORD is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Still, given the propensity of humanity to push the envelope to see just how close we can get to the world and not step outside The Shadow of God’s Grace, we often gravitate to our pet axioms in an attempt to excuse or justify our rebelliousness, like “After all, ain’t nobody perfect”, “Pray for me I’m not there yet”; and we can’t exclude this one, “God knows my heart!”
In our Scripture Text we see God’s Servant, Hosea, reminding his people how gracious the Lord has been to them, the consequences of their sin; he desperately pleads for the Nation of Israel to turn back to God before provoking His Hand culminating in their ultimate downfall and destruction.
“Oh Israel, return unto the LORD thy God, for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity!” Hosea 14:1
At the same time, The Prophet begs God to remember His Love, Mercy and Patience! Nevertheless, the peoples hearts had become fallow ground, hardened by their sin lusting desires and unrelenting spiritual whoredom, they refused to hear Hosea’s plea, heaping unto themselves false religious practices thereby inciting the bitterness of God’s Anger and Wrath!
Not unlike many church folk today, our forefathers foolishly attempted to mock God’s Favor, as if He was their Lucky Charm or Spiritual Sugar Daddy, who could be pushed aside until needed! Their persistent rejection, blatantly minimized His Righteous expectation that they would respond to His Goodness with gratitude, faithful obedience and devotion!
How often have we been guilty of neglecting that other side of God’s Righteousness aka Justice? #JJJEEESSSUUUSSSS!
But ThanksB2GOD, HE IS LONGSUFFERING! He allows us more than ample opportunities to come to the end of ourselves and realize that we need Him a whole lot more than He evrrrr needs us! TRUTHBTOLD, without His Help, none of us could exist!
TRUTHBTOLD, we misconstrue GODLY REPENTANCE with “I’m sorry” followed up by the shedding of a few tears! Needless to say our interpretation falls way short of God’s Intent! GODLY REPENTANCE first acknowledges that we have violated God’s Righteous Commands and that nothing besides God can save us. Next, GODLY REPENTANCE requites a change of mind and heart about Sin. We must not see it as something to be loved but hated and abominated! Finally, GODLY REPENTANCE requires a change of will and behavior followed up by turning away from sin to God for pardon and forgiveness!
OMG! I feel a tomato throwing spirit in the house!
Hosea concludes his message admonishing those who have an ear to hear to carefully contemplate the prudent wisdom presented to them, consummate their intimate relationship with their Heavenly Father by making a irrevocable decision and commitment to forsake all else and embrace the leading of The True and Living God of All Power, Provision, Consolation and Comfort!
#DIDJAHEARDAT? WELL? #HOW’BOUTU?
BCUZ, SOMETIMES SAYING UR SORRY AIN’T ENOUGH! #IJS
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!