“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.”
-God saves His people from backsliding. As a father guides his children when they go astray sometimes by canning, other times by verbal correction. A fathers/mothers love is felt and an impact realized when there is transformation.
Backsliding is a gradual process that takes place step by step and causes a relapse. Backsliding begins from the heart, which is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). The heart slowly turns away from the Lord, and matters of God no longer become a priority. Reading the word of God, prayer, worshipping God and fellowship with other believers is thrown to the hind-side. The backsliding heart turn to its ways that end up in death (Proverbs14:12-14). The church of Ephesus had turned away from their first love, they needed to repent lest the lampstand in their midst is removed (Revelation 2:4-5). Further, during the days of king Josiah, the Lord likened the backsliding of the Israelites to a divorce. They turned away from the Lord and their sister Judah followed suite. The Lord exhorted them to return to Him and turn away from their harlotry (Jeremiah 3:6-8). Apostle Peter tuned away from the Lord and denied Jesus three times. He exhibited signs of self confidence instead of relying on God’s grace, he became prayerless and Jesus prayed for him that his faith may not fail, he followed the way of a canal mind and worldly patterns instead totally relying on God’s word, he became more insensitive to the word of God and finally openly denied Jesus. Like Peter, some of us have gradually turned our hearts away from God. The Lord is calling us to return to Him and He will return to us (Zechariah 1:3). God is calling us to draw near to Him and He will draw near to us, and we are renewed from double-mindedness. We are reminded to come to the throne of grace where we find mercy and grace to help us during our time of need. God is our Father He is not slow to keeping His promises. He would want anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
How awesome is Your name in all the earth Oh Lord our God. You are faithful even when we become faithless. May You sanctify our hearts and minds so that we may look for Your throne of grace when we find help during our time of deed. We look to Your cross where we find healing for our souls and entire beings. We look to Your precious blood that speaks better things than that of Abel. May You forgive us and wash us with Your precious blood. May You transform us to become more like You Jesus. We are nothing without You dear Jesus, may You heal all our wounds and help us to become fruitful according to Your merciful love. Thank You Jesus for loving us and for saving us. We love You Lord and bless Your name. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:8
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