6 The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.
the Lord led me here this morning, and it stirs my heart. maybe its because i have been finding myself feeling so unworthy of the Lord’s grace, and also because i have been finding my mind in need of re-newing. this portion of scripture here, showed me how vital it is for christians to keep repenting of sins, and keep fighting against evil, or it might just show someone else that it is “alright” to do the things the world is doing. here, it is talking of Israel’s adultery and how Judah saw this sin. and because Israel was God’s chosen, Judah saw the lifestyle and decided it must be alright to do.
i’m not by any means saying that Christians have to be perfect, or sinless. but what i am saying is that if we see and know something we are doing is a sin, we need to take it out of our lives as soon as possible. if we keep making excuses, keep saying its not that bad, it’ll just keep digging itself deeper and soon enough we are lost and confused because of it. if i see something in my life that is unholy, i need to get rid of it. i need to turn around, turning back to God completely. not dancing on the fence, or “flirting with sin” — i need to take it seriously, rip it out of my life, and seek God with all that i am.
and if i don’t? if i don’t, it’ll lead others away. it’ll give them a reason to think that it is okay to do what i am doing. if i don’t take responsibility of my actions, then someone’s going to see, someone’s going to be confused, and out of that confusion follow what i am doing.
it’s time to listen to God when He says "Return, backsliding Israel. I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful," says the Lord; I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God… and have not obeyed My voice," says the Lord.