SUMMARY: No mercy
OVERVIEW: God ignores the pleas from Judah because, despite their numerous chances, they refuse to change their ways. But God promises to strengthen Jeremiah amidst his persecution.
BIG IDEA: There is no mercy for those who refuse to repent but restoration for those who do.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 15:19 (God to Jeremiah)
This is how the Lord responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
When people choose to live their way, ignoring me and my word, I allow them to reap the consequences. I will not show them mercy or have pity. They will receive all they have earned. I will continue to make myself available to all—anyone can turn to me at any time. But once they leave this earth, their decision is final. Pray for those who reject me. Plead with them to turn to me.
When you or my other children turn from me, there will be consequences. You, too, will reap what you sow. In the end, I will show you mercy, but why waste any time on earth living your own life? Stay faithful. Be wary of backsliding. It’s a slippery slope. And if you deny me consistently—continuing to reject me and my way—you may question whether you’ve truly surrendered to me. I don’t want you to follow me only on Sundays; I want your whole life. I’m not asking you to live perfectly, but I want you to submit to me and my way.
Is someone grieving that you can encourage? Reach out to them in person or via text to let them know you can help them. Take time to pray with them.
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