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GOD DELIVERS AFTER WE REPENT

Date: September 2

Category: After Repentance

Jonah 4:2b
"I knew that You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and [when sinners turn to You and meet Your conditions] You revoke the [sentence of] evil against them."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThere are many other passages in the Scriptures that are similar to this one. Several verses in the Word of God teach us about the graciousness and mercy of God and show us how the Lord is slow to anger and full of great kindness. For example, we read in Exodus 34:6b, "The Lord! The Lord! A God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth." This is especially true when sinners turn away from their sins and turn toward God. In 1 John 1:9 it says, "If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]."

In other words, because of His graciousness and mercy, God has already provided a way for our sins to be forgiven. That way of forgiveness is His Son Jesus Christ. When we sin, we can freely come to the Lord Jesus, confess our sins, and God will forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Psalm 32 and Psalm 51 are great psalms of confession and we can see that God has wonderfully forgiven the psalmist of his sins. God is more than willing to forgive us, if we are willing to confess and repent from our sins. We can only see the mercy of God when we renounce our sinful ways and turn toward Him.

There are many other passages that are similar to this one. Several verses in the Scriptures teach us about the graciousness and mercy of God and show us how the Lord is slow to anger and full of great kindness. For example, we read in Exodus 34:6b, "The Lord! The Lord! A God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth." This is especially true when sinners turn away from their sins and turn toward God. In 1 John 1:9 it says, "If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]."

In other words, because of His graciousness and mercy, God has already provided a way for our sins to be forgiven. That way of forgiveness is His Son Jesus Christ. When we sin, we can freely come to the Lord Jesus, confess our sins, and God will forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Psalm 32 and Psalm 51 are great psalms of confession and we can see that God has wonderfully forgiven the psalmist of his sins. God is more than willing to forgive us, if we are willing to confess and repent from our sins. We can only see the mercy of God when we renounce our sinful ways and turn toward Him.

As you study the historical books of the Bible, you can see that the Israelites would often turn away from God and turn towards sin. As a result, they would fall into all kinds of destructions and difficulties in their lives. Because of those difficulties, they often came back to the Lord and cried out for His mercy. Then they would cast away all the false gods and worship the one true God. Whenever they did that, God always forgave them of their sins and delivered them from their distress.

For example, we read about King Manasseh who reigned over Judah for fifty-five years (2 Kings 21:1). He was one of the most wicked kings that the nation of Israel ever had. In verse 3 we read that he built up high places and altars for Baal, Asherah, and all the starry hosts of heaven. He worshipped many different gods and did many wicked things in the Lord's sight and his actions provoked God to anger (verse 6). Then in 2 Chronicles 33:10 we read that God spoke to Manasseh but he would not listen. So God brought against them the commanders of Assyria, who took Manasseh away into captivity (verse 11). That was his punishment for disobeying God.

But in verses 12-13 we read something wonderful. "When he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to Him, and God, entreated by him, heard his supplication and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God." So even though he committed such wicked sins, the moment he humbled himself before God and asked for forgiveness, God forgave him and restored his kingdom again. From that moment on Manasseh changed his life, took down all the other gods, and worshipped the one true God. This is a great story to show the graciousness and mercy of God.

If God will show mercy and kindness to such a wicked man who did such ungodly things, then God will show mercy and kindness to anybody. There is nothing in our lives that God will not forgive. So do not let the devil lie to you and tell you that your sins are too great for God to forgive. It says in Romans 8:33-34a and 35a, "Who shall bring any charge against God's elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Who is there to condemn [us]?… Who shall ever separate us from Christ's love?" Then in verse 39 we read, "Nor height or depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

The moment we turn away from our sins and turn towards God, He will forgive us and deliver us out of our distress. That's why it's so important to turn from our sinful ways because as it says in Jonah 4:2b, "[when sinners turn to You and meet Your conditions] You revoke the [sentence of] evil against them." God will answer our prayers and deliver us out of our troubles the moment we turn to Him and meet His conditions, meaning we obey Him. Compassion, kindness, mercy, and graciousness are all a part of God's character. And He will reveal those traits to us as we turn toward Him.

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