Thought of the Day August 29, 2019 Our response to the sins of the world.

By 9:38 AM

The reality of the sins of the world can cause one to hopelessness and despair or to turning more resolutely to God, while weeping and mourning for such abominations.  We see this both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. In Psalm 119:136, we find the psalmist mourning over the sins of God’s people. He says, “Tears stream down from my eyes, because they do not keep Your law.” Hosea 4:3 tells us that the land mourns because of Israel’s sin and because of the consequences that have come upon the land as a result of that.

Like Jesus, we too are called to weep over the sins of Jerusalem of our day. Luke 19:41-42 tells us: “As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.” And Matthew 23: 37 gives us the reason:  “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling!” As they refused to accept the prophets sent to them by God to repent and return to the Lord so too they refused because of the hardness of their hearts to accept Jesus as the Messiah.

How aware of we of not only our sins but the sins of the world? What has been our reaction and response?

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