If you, O LORD, mark iniquities, LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. Ps 130
As we continue our story of Jonah today, we hear
Jonah warn the inhabitants of Nineveh that God will be destroying
their city in 40 days. God had clearly marked their iniquities.
But the King of Nineveh acknowledged the warning and repented,
along with all the people and even the animals.
So God relented and Nineveh was saved. (Jon 3:1-10)
If justice is in the hands of the Lord, then who are we
to be marking the iniquities of others. The problem is, that when
God does it, He gives them every chance possible to turn around.
But when we do it, we not only place that mark upon them,
usually permanently, but we unknowingly, also place a mark upon ourselves.
You see, beloved, prejudice, hatred and revenge truly do leave ugly marks
upon our souls.
That’s why Jesus so strongly and often spoke about forgiveness.
That’s why, although both Mary and Martha had their faults,
Martha’s demand for justice out of anger or jealousy, by far
outweighed Mary’s apathy or laziness to help her sister,
which appears on the outside to be her preference
to listen to Jesus instead. (Lk 10:38-42)
Although listening to Jesus is always truly the best of any part,
not causing mortal wounds to our own souls
by marking iniquities on others
is pretty important too.
Jesus loves us so immeasurably,
and all we need to do
is Let Him.
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