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Loving the wicked

Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 19:1-2 which says,

“When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem, Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you.”

Jehoshaphat: Jehoshaphat had just helped Ahab (the king of Israel) attack Ramoth Gilead, when the prophet said that Ahab would die. Ahab was not listening to God’s true prophet (basically hating God), and he was acting wickedly by disobeying. Jehoshaphat was helping him.

Our condition: We are wicked, and sinful. We are angry, and spiteful, and mean, and malicious, and rebelling. We are God hating, and we deserve to die and go to hell. We are puny, and putrid, and overall bad. God can’t even look at us. So, since we are so mean, wicked, sinful, angry, spiteful, mean, and malicious, then why haven’t we gotten what we deserve? Why haven’t we died?

Jesus: What or who is the answer? Jesus! How? Jesus came down to earth, became sin, and gave His life for us. God gave His own son for a bunch of rebelling wretches. Jesus gave His own life for us! Thank You Jesus!!

Application: How does 2 Chronicles 19:1-2 apply to our lives? We were wicked, and God, even though we were sinful, gave His own son for us. Jesus loved us wicked sinners, and God put His wrath on Jesus, and He took our punishment. Thank You Jesus! Jesus took God’s wrath and loved us.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son to die on the cross for us. Thank You for loving me so much, Jesus. I pray that I would draw close to You. I pray that I would be able to suffer for You, and rejoice. I pray that I would talk with You more, and have a great relationship with You. Thank You for making me Your daughter. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Beginning verses, 2 Chronicles 19:1-2,

“When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem, Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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