Repentance and Compassion

Compassion, understanding, humility, and mercy. All these things seem to be very lacking in today's Faith circles. And one has to wonder why? Do we not understand what we read when we read the Scripture? We open a book filled with people who were flawed, did horrible wicked things, yet had hearts that were seeking to do what was right. Then, we close our books, and head out into the world where we act harshly and self righteous to everyone who crosses our path, especially none believers, or those who don't 'get' what we get. Is that what Scripture is trying to teach us?

Repentance is a beautiful word. But do we understand it? Repentance is when we turn our hearts and ways to God's ways, through Yeshua(Jesus) the Messiah. And believe it or not, in order to truly understand repentance, we must understand humility.

I see it everyday-self righteous religous people, and I was once one of them! But I began to read my bible, and I have to say, I was very turned off by what I read. People who are called after God's own heart, yet did disgusting things? Take King David for instance. He was a man after God's own heart because he wanted to do what was right in all things. But he was an adulterer-he cheated on the wife of his youth with other women, and then stole another man's wife than killed the man. Now God rebuked David for all of that, and David did repent of all his sins later in his life when he got the revelation, and I can honestly say I believe that David was ignorant of many things in Scripture, just as many are today who read the Bible and say they get it, when really, something will be right in their face and they won't see it! And we know that David was a man after God's heart, despite his wicked ways, he truly sought to do right. God has always had mercy on those in struggle and in ignorance.

So where does that leave us here today? All have fallen short of the glory of God, and have sinned. Not one is sinless. The bible is there to show us what sin is. 1 John 3:4 says that sin is the transgression of God's torah(instruction, commandments). All sin is worthy of death.

I know I have struggles, struggles people may not see as huge, but in God's eyes their huge. But what sets us apart from the rest the world? The fact that we have hearts after Messiah. Hearts that desire to be clean. "Create in me a clean heart. I hate every false way." those were the words of David. That is the desire of God's people.

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