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Bible Verse of The Day

If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. —Jeremiah 7:5-7

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

What is the most accurate measure of our character? It is not merely how we act “at church” or among other like-minded people. The real test of our character, our true godliness, is found in our partnership with our Father in heaven and his work to redeem the lost, forgotten, downtrodden, and broken — or quite literally in this verse, the “foreigner”* and “fatherless” and “widows” among us. When we live only for ourselves and leave the “have-nots” far behind in our practice of love, justice, and mercy, our culture collapses upon itself because it lacks the heart of God for the outcast and alone; in addition, culture breaks down because the people who are the “have-nots” can become jealous and resentful of those who have and the “haves” can feel superior to those who do not have! The real test of our character is how we love people around us who are in need.

* The NIV 11, rather than our usual NIV 1984, is used for this passage because of the translation of the literal term “resident alien” as “foreigner” by the NIV 11 is deemed closer to our modern usage of these terms.

 

My Prayer…

Loving God, the Almighty and Sovereign Lord, please forgive us and use your children who live by your righteous character, gracious compassion, and faithful love and justice to heal our land. Father, I especially pray that you will use me to be a blessing to someone in need with no one to turn to in their times of crisis. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Bible References

For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;

If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:

Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

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  1. Jeremiah 7:5-7
    If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless and the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever.

    The Israelites true safety lay thoroughly in turning from sin and living righteously before God. God expects them to live in obedience to Him. They thought they could get away with their sins as long as they came to the Temple and acted as though they were living for God. But God sees the heart!

    It is always good for us to remember that God still sees the heart of mankind. Jesus Himself tells us in John 14:
    John 14:23
    Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

    Many times throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth He spoke the words, “If you love Me you will obey My teaching.”
    There are lots of people who claim to love Jesus, but their lives show absolutely no evidence that they do indeed “love Jesus”.
    2 Timothy 3:1-9 speaks of these types of individuals as “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” They never truly accepted the free gift of salvation that Christ offers (Ephesians 2:8-9), they may act like a Christian from time to time, but Christ is not at home in their hearts, and their overall actions prove this out.

    This doesn’t mean however, that a true Christian never sins and always obeys God, there are numerous examples of saints in the Bible who sinned, such as Peter when he denied the Lord. Sadly, we will all disobey God at times in our lives, the key is to not remain in disobedience? We have the indwelling Holy Spirit which convicts a true child of God of the sin in our lives, when that happens we do as 1 John 1:9 tells us to “go to God and confess it” and then go on with a renewed purpose in our hearts to live in obedience to Him.

    God knows that we are not perfect, He knew that when He sent Jesus to die for our sins, yet He loves us so much that He made a way for you and I to become cleansed of our sins before Him through the precious blood of Christ (Romans 3:25)! When a person truly understands this, we do not obey God because we “have to”, but because we love Him so much we “want to”. There is a joy inexpressible that comes from obeying God, it pleases me to no end to think of putting a smile on God’s face because I obeyed Him.
    But the opposite is true as well. When I disobey Him it grieves me so that I do not want to do that again!
    We are all a work in progress, one day when we are with the Lord we will be free of any sin whatsoever in our lives, oh how I look forward to that glorious day for it will be heavenly!

    Thank You Lord Jesus for dying for my sins. I love You so my precious Redeemer. Help me to obey Your commands in my life for Your glory and honor my Savior, Amen!

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