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Stop Being so Violent

Hello, God has given me something in Jonah 3:10 which says,

“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”

Jonah has just proclaimed that destruction was coming on Nineveh in all the land, and the Ninevites put on sackcloth, and mourned. When the king heard about it, he proclaimed that no one eat or drink, not even the animals, and everyone should wear sackcloth. He himself mourned and tore his royal robes. He gave a proclamation telling all Nineveh to mourn, and to stop their evil and violent ways, and perhaps God would relent because they turned from sin.

God did relent. He relented because they turned from their evil ways. We, too, need to turn from our evil ways, if we want to be saved. We need to love our God with our whole being, and we need to never sin. Well, I’m not doing too good with that. Not one of us can be perfect of our own accord. We are not perfect, so we need some sort of mediator. That Mediator is Jesus. He came and shed His blood on the cross. He came, and died in our place so that we don’t have to. Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.

So does that mean we should go sin like crazy so that grace will come? By all means no! Now that we are saved, we are free to act like it. With the Spirit in us, we should want to act good, and to love others and our God. We could try all we want before the sacrifice to stop our violent ways, but it would be no use. We would have been stuck in our sin. But, now that God has sent His only son to save us, we are free! We are free to love one another, and the Lord. Praise God!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me so much that You sent out Your own son for me. Thank You for freeing me from my sin so that I can love You all the more. Please help me to love You and others more, and to spread the Gospel to those who need it. Please help me to spread the blessing that You’ve given me to others. Thank You for saving me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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