A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. (Psalms 51:19b)
Gift: Counsel (Right Judgment) – With the gift of right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus.
Reading: When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out. (Jonah 3:10)
Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me. (Psalms 51:3-4)
While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them,“This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.” (Luke 11:29-30)
Observation: From the title for my journal today, you can see that I believe today’s message begins for me as a call to have a contrite heart. I am hearing that I must be willing to be humble enough to recognize my tendency toward sinfulness, to see a call to repentance. Jesus is saying that just as the Ninevites accepted Jonah’s call to repentance for the evil that was being done in their day, we must accept Jesus’ call to repentance for the evil that is being done in our day, if we are to expect any salvation at all. I see this as not just pertaining to the punishment that may come to us in our world today, like was promised to Ninevah if they didn’t repent, but an eternal punishment for not listening to the Son of Man’s call to repentance.
Personification: Self-Control It is my belief that God would rather have me in complete control of my desires, but I realize that I am not there yet. I hope that with more prayer and fasting, I will be able to let God orient my desires to those that are in line with his will and not the earthly desires that I would want.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- Seeking Wisdom: The Great Danger of Pride (atruediscipleofchrist.wordpress.com)
- The sign of Jonah for an evil generation (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Bearing Fruits of Repentance (bibletweets.wordpress.com)