Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 12th, 2018
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves…
Romans 1:24 (NKJV)
God Gave Them Up
It is a serious thing to miss God by choosing to worship what He has made more than giving Him our worship and our lives. We are made in His image and we want to bring Him glory and honour. Every other pathway that we might choose will bring destruction to us. As our Creator He knows the very best way to order our lives and walk in His ways.
Restorative Justice is a growing movement within the criminal justice system. It requires offenders to take responsibility for their actions, holding them accountable to victims in face-to-face meetings. According to Chris King, who serves with the John Howard Society in Nova Scotia,
“From our experience, victims who are involved in the program are more satisfied and in a better place than before. They get to see the person who harmed them, which can lessen the fear and it validates the victim by giving them a chance to say ‘this is how you hurt me.'”
It is too easy to give up on someone. Most of the time we work hard to heal a relationship and bring a person who has been caught in sin to the place where they are renewed and restored. That is the heart of the Christian Gospel – the God who never gives up on the penitent. But there is a point where a man or woman is so committed to living a life of sin that God allows them to wallow in it completely. Romans 1:24 puts it this way: “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves…” God loves you so much. He doesn’t want you to continue in the shame and guilt that sin brings. But He will not force you to turn from your wickedness. Sometimes people have to hit rock bottom before they finally turn to Jesus. God knows this, and will give them up to their sin and lust, always with the desire to see them finally reach out to Him. Will you?
These have been words from the heart.