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In the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible’s Old Testament, though God is warning Israel and Judah to repent of their adultery and return to Him, to leave behind their backslidings, and to return to Him with their WHOLE hearts, He is also speaking to us today. God is not looking for a quick “I am sorry” followed by a return to our wrongful ways. He is looking for total commitment to Him. He is looking for utter fidelity to Him. He is looking for complete dedication to Him. He is looking for sold out lives. Can you imagine an adulterous wife saying “I am sorry” to her husband and then jumping straight back into the arms of her lover? God warns us against this! He does not want insincere apologies; He doesn’t want us running back to Him with a quick apology so we can get some more goods from Him and trollop off again into our harlotry by living our lives according to the ways of this world. He wants genuine sorrow, true repentance, and wholehearted commitment to Him and His ways.
Are you faithful – to Him? If not, turn to Him. Or return if you have turned away. With your WHOLE heart. Read the Book of Jeremiah. Is He speaking to you? If He is, don’t waste another minute. Repent and return – with your WHOLE heart! And don’t stop with the Book of Jeremiah. Study His Word daily. The world teaches us how to live according to its ungodly ways. The Lord teaches us in His Word how to be faithful to Him – with our WHOLE hearts. And, at the end of the day, this is all that matters – that we lived for the One who gave us life. Return, my friend, return!
Jer 3:6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Jer 3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
Jer 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
Jer 3:12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.
Jer 3:13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.