Sermon for Saturday

Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fastings and with weepings and with mourning, and rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil. Joel 2:12,13

God loves repentance. He is pleased when sinful people acknowledge their condition and seek reconciliation with Himself. He is looking for those who will outwardly and inwardly repent. And when He find them, He blesses them.

Or should I say He blesses us. Because we can take our place in this number that Joel writes of. God must judge sin, but that is not His delight. No, His delight is to bless us, although we don’t deserve it.

Now that we are saved, have we stopped repenting? Surely not! We are still clad in sinful flesh, still encumbered with the old nature that wars against the Holy Spirit Who dwells within each believer. As hard as some Christians try, none of us is perfect. We are all daily in need of repentance. So it is a good thing that God is slow to anger. When we see some of the incredible evil of some of the characters who share the planet with us, we are amazed that God’s anger is not hastened against them. But let us look inside our own hearts, and give thanks that God’s wrath is not dispensed in haste.

Joel also reminds us of God’s great kindness. What could have been more kind than to give His own Son to die for such rebels and wretches? God is always kind to us. Even when He chastises, He does so for our blessing. Did you have a bite to eat today? Thank God for His kindness. Did you safely reach your destination after your most recent venture on the streets and roads? Thank God for His kindness. Do you have loving family and friends? Thank God for His kindness. Is there an Assembly of believers who welcome you as one of their beloved number? Thank God for His kindness. Do you have a Bible? Thank God for His kindness. Most of all, are you appreciating your salvation? Thank God for His kindness.

Submit to God in repentance today and receive His warm welcome and kindness. – Jim MacIntosh

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