Today I’ll be starting the rather sad book of Lamentations. – This is what God gave me today in his word:
Jerusalem sinned grievously; therefore she became filthy; all who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness; she herself groans and turns her face away. (Lamentations 1:8)
Jerusalem sinned, she became filthy, she was despised. Shouldn’t that be our motto? You made your bed now lie in it. We all know of course that the only possible way to get into Heaven is to be perfect, therefore if someone isn’t 100% perfect shouldn’t they have to be treated like Jerusalem was treated? Granted there is a difference between an entire city and little old whoever, but even so, they should still get what’s coming to them, right? – If someone isn’t perfect, they should be despised.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)
Wait a minute here Paul (he’s the one writing this letter), we’re not supposed to forgive, look at what happened to Israel when they worshiped Idols, they were despised! Just because I’m apparently “forgiven”, why is it I should forgive?
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17)
But that doesn’t go along at all with what happened to Israel. Why should we have peace in our hearts? I mean I agree with admonishing one another, but doing it with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit? It sounds as if you want me to have joy in my life! How can I have joy in my life?
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying,“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. (Luke 22:20)
Ah, so it turns out that Paul was right after all! I suppose I might as well just go and burn all my Old Testaments, after all, they’re useless, revoked, totally irrelevant.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)
So what’s the conclusion? Because Jesus Christ died for us, and in his blood created a new covenant and forgave us, we have the ability to forgive others. We now see that we are naked in our sins and guilt, but we must “finish our sentences” and read on to discover we’re clothed again in Christ Jesus.
You are loved!