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Restore Us, O Lord

God likens all our unfaithfulness to Him to that of adultery. What is adultery but unfaithfulness to the Faithful One? And what are adulteries but all kinds of sin? It’s not a concept whose current day and time out dates it. No matter our adulterous behavior before God, the ever consistent theme throughout the Bible is Redemption and Reconciliation. But how?

Redemption is borne from forgiveness – and restoration and reconciliation are but a godly consequence of universal laws set in motion at the foundation of the world paid for and made possible by the Blood of Christ. There is no option for moving on or re-marriage. Where would we go and to whom would we marry ourselves to? To do so is to continue in our adulterous behavior before God – and we do so at our own peril. No. He alone is our only Covenant Spouse to whom we made our Vow. But what does He say to us in our adultery –

Come back to me, you unfaithful children, and I will forgive you for being unfaithful.” (Jer 3)

We may chose to divorce ourselves from Him for a season but He stands in the gap faithfully awaiting the return of His Bride. There is nothing we can do that will cause Him to revoke the call to come back to our heavenly Husband.

When given a new chance to be forgiven, forgive others and rebuild our relationship with Him and each other – how have we become so full of foolish pride and anger that we won’t take that God-given opportunity to get it right before we’re called Home? What’s so wrong with being given another chance? That’s what forgiveness is. We are the limitors of forgiveness. But God is not. There is no limit to His forgiveness because His mercies are new every morning. And every day He gives us another opportunity to get right with Him – and with each other. Yet we run from it…

Redemption and reconciliation thru forgiveness are the only options and are the unique character traits of the True Christian. It is the way we are to live out our lives and relationships here. There is more at stake than what we see on the surface.

Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the Faith. You know that Jesus Christ is in you – unless you fail the test. But I hope you will see that we ourselves have not failed the test. I pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. But it is not important to see that we have passed the test, but it is important that we do what is right even if it seems we have failed. We cannot do anything against the Truth, but only for the Truth.” (II Corinthians 13)

Who better to teach us than our heavenly Role Model? Would He lead us where He Himself has not been? Does He not lead us by His Own example?

Amen.

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