“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 KJV
How right on this was (to me) this morning! I sat down at my computer this morning with my coffee, and the first thing I did was check out our new Facebook page! Usually I’m so good! But, not this morning!
After I was through with Facebook, I directed my aim to my favorite internet Bible website and read the daily Scripture above, Romans 12:2! I felt like it was aimed straight to me. Was it speaking to you, too?!!!
Does God know us, or what? Tomorrow morning I will seek God first, and put Facebook second!
We’re all guilty of that, amen? Perhaps that’s why some join monasteries! There are no diversions!
I received a remarkably true email this morning that I’d like to discuss! About a new pastor, who disguised himself as a homeless person on the first day he was to be introduced to his new church home, and how the congregation treated him while disguised. When he was introduced, he appalled his new church family by walking up the aisle in the same clothes he’d worn that morning while disguised, and they were all ashamed when he read out of Matthew 25.
“37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25:37-46
Well, in the book of Nehemiah, specifically, chapters 7 & 8, Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites taught God’s Word to the people and when they heard of all their sins, they wept; read on.
“8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.” Nehemiah 8:8-12
It’s true, when we learn how we’ve been wrong, we feel great remorse, and we should. But we can also be glad!
Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
God’s Word washes away our guilt and shame once we’ve repented, and He remembers our sins no more!
Psalm 103:8-14 “8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”