Rend your heart

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Joel 2:12-13 which says,

12 “Even now,” declares the LORD,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

 13 Rend your heart 
   and not your garments. 
Return to the LORD your God, 
   for he is gracious and compassionate, 
slow to anger and abounding in love, 
   and he relents from sending calamity.

The Lord is telling the Israelites to repent, He is telling them to rend their hearts (not their garments) toward’s Him. They had to repent of their sins, the Lord tells the Israelites that He is slow to anger and abounding in love and that He relents from sending calamity. The Lord still loved them, and in the section the Lord takes pity on His people. If the Israelites repent then the Lord was going to give them a blessing.

Our sins were so bad that we did have to rend our hearts, if we thought about how bad our sins were then it should make us want to tear our hearts, to rend them. But a sacrifice came down from heaven to die for our sins, a perfect sacrifice came down from heaven to atone for our sins. That sacrifice was the son of God, Jesus Christ, thank You so much Jesus for dying for us.

Jesus died for our sins so that we wouldn’t die with God’s wrath on us. We should accept Jesus’ sacrifice, if we don’t, we have God’s wrath on us, but if we do we don’t have God’s wrath on us because Jesus took it all away. Thank You so much Jesus for making us sons and daughters of God by taking our place on the cross and by giving us You place as a son or daughter of God. Thank You Jesus for dying for us and for (after being buried for three days) rising again on the third day.

As Christians we should do something though, we should not only spread the Gospel to unbelievers but we should think on the Gospel ourselves. We should also read our Bibles and pray, if we don’t we lose contact with the Lord and we need to talk to Him and listen and read His word. We should encourage others in the Gospel, instead of tearing people down, we need to build them up in the Gospel. Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins on the cross.

Thank You Jesus for coming down from heaven and becoming fully God and fully human at the same time. Thank You Jesus for being beaten so much that no one could recognize that You were a man. Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins on a cross and taking God’s wrath and our sins on You so that we wouldn’t have to. Thank You for making us sons and daughters of God and for letting us trust in You. Thank You Jesus for giving us the Bible so that we can hear Your word. Thank You Jesus for doing all that for us.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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