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8 months 3 weeks ago #9943 by thaiwohvista

Read Jeremiah 26:1-12.

MEMORISE: If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you (Jeremiah 42:10).

The Lord cares deeply for all that He created, especially, the mankind formed in His own likeness (Gen. 1:26). He is the Saviour who desires all persons to be delivered and saved, as they come to the true knowledge of Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:4). This is because He takes no pleasure in the death of the sinner, but delights in their repentance (Ezk. 18:32).
The timely obedience and repentance of the Ninevites to God's warning shed light on His concerns for mankind. The good Lord who would not condone iniquity would have destroyed them, because of their evil deeds. However, God doesn't punish without first issuing warnings, just like He did to the Israelites before He judged them. To the Ninevites, God sent Prophet Jonah to warn them of the impending doom due to their wickedness (Jon. 1:1-2). There is no doubt; the Word of God through Jonah is true. Judgment would have been inevitable but for the fact that they responded positively with great humility, by declaring fasting and prayer for repentance. The loving and caring Lord relented from the calamity He earlier declared on them (Jon. 3:5-10).
God does not intend to condemn, or destroy the wicked, but to lead them to repentance and salvation (Jn. 3:16). Although, sinners like the Ninevites, deserve judgment and would have it, God's purpose for sending His messenger was not just to announce the impending doom, but to give the people the opportunity to heed to the warning and escape being destroyed, to enjoy His love and care.
God is forever rich in kindness, bearing, and patient (Rom. 2:4). Only His kindness and care lead the sinners to repentance, which always brings great joy to His kingdom (Lk. 15:7-10). On this World Humanitarian Day, let us emulate and show to the world the caring attitude of Christ. Let us make it known that He still loves and cares for even the worst of sinners, just that He wants everyone to repent and be saved.

1. Appreciate God for His unending love and care for humanity.
2. Ask God for His grace never to do anything to undermine this love of His in any way.
3. Pray that God should give His Church in the land the grace, understanding, and readiness to make His love known to the aching world.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 48 - 51; Revelation 12 -13.

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