Sweet Like Honey

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Turn and Live

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I’ve recently read Ezekiel and was moved by God’s heart:

Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.

There are those who say that God is love and so He won’t send anyone to hell for their sin, because that would be unloving. We can live any way we want and God will overlook our faults.  Others see God as a hateful being who loves to punish people.

The truth is that God does hate sin, and He will punish anyone who does not turn to Him to save them from their sins.  BUT He loves people and does not want anyone to perish but rather to turn, repent and LIVE! That is why He sent His perfect Son, Jesus, to die and take God’s wrath for my sin and your sin.  But we have to repent, or Jesus’ death does nothing for us.

Today is the day of salvation.  God has been waiting patiently, but we do not know the day or hour that we will die, nor the day when Jesus will return. Today is the day of salvation.  Call on the Lord while He may be found.

2 Peter 3:8-10

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, [1] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies [2] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

2 Corinthians 6:2

2 For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Ezekiel 18:23-32

23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27 Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. 28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. [1] 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.



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Author: Cassie

Follower of Jesus, wife and mom to the most wonderful family I could ever ask for.

One thought on “Turn and Live

  1. Oh Lord how I long to see those whom I love so much to turn and live! I pray for your mercy upon their souls, the softening of their hearts, and the opening of their eyes. Amen

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