Put into practice

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 33:31 which says,

“My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.”

Okay, in this verse the Lord is telling Ezekiel that the Israelites don’t actually put into practice what he (Ezekiel) tells them to do (God through Ezekiel). The Lord is telling Ezekiel that even though the Israelites sit before Ezekiel they don’t actually hear what he is saying and they don’t put into practice what they should. Ezekiel was saying that Israel was going to be destroyed because of the pride and the sin of the people, the Israelites thought that because Abraham was able to own all the land and he was just one person that they could easily own the land because they were many. But that wasn’t true because Abraham trusted in God and that was why He had the land, unlike the Israelites.

The Israelites were going to be destroyed because of their sins and so were we. We were also going to be destroyed because of our sins, the Lord can’t look on sin so we were going to die. Unless we could find a perfect sacrifice or become perfect we were going to die, but we couldn’t become perfect and there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice on this earth.

But God provided a sacrifice that was (and is) perfect, He sent a sacrifice down from heaven to atone for our sins so that we could live. That sacrifice was Jesus who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself). Jesus came down from heaven lived a perfect life (after being born of a virgin) then was beaten beyond recognition and after that was died a sinners death on a cross. The cross was reserved for the worst of criminals, although Jesus Himself didn’t do anything wrong it was God’s plan to crucify Him because Jesus took our sins on Him. At the cross Jesus’ father (God) turned His face away and poured out His wrath on Jesus and it was all for us.

But why would Jesus die for our sins on a sinners cross? What would make the son of God (and God Himself) die for us sinners?

” Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (NIV John 15:13)

Jesus loved us so much that He died on a cross for our sins. We weren’t even Jesus’ friends, and yet He still died for our sins. No one but Jesus would actually die on a cross with all of God’s wrath on them and all of a friend’s sin on them, we couldn’t even think about having strangers sins on us and dying for them and it would be ridiculous for us to die for our enemies. But that was exactly what Jesus did, He died for not only His friends, but for His enemies. Instead of being angry at His enemies what He said was “father, forgive them they do not know what they are doing”, not only did Jesus die for His enemies but He made an excuse for them. That is how much He loves us.

Now when we trust our lives to Christ we want to follow Christ’s example, we want to live a life worthy of the Gospel. The love of God is engraved on our hearts when we trust in Christ, and we want to love others and share the Gospel with others. Above all we want to praise and worship Jesus Christ.

Jesus died for our sins because He loved us, who were His enemies, now we should share the Gospel with not only our friends but our enemies. Thank you Jesus.

Have you accepted Jesus as your savior?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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