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I Repent !

Inconsiderate, just blasted inconsiderate.  Repent. 
I'm steamed up.  Kinda ticked off.  A little hot.   Repent. 
And I will tell you why before this essay is done.  Repent. 
Let me tell you a story. 

Allow me to finish the story of the "Good Samaritan."  It may be assumptive of me.  But I will anyway.  You remember the story don't you?   Luke 10:25-37   A man was beat up and left half dead, a stranger saved his life.  Ok, that story continues here. 

The Good Samaritan went back and checked on the guy.  Paid a little more money to the innkeeper for taking care of him.  And eventually took the beat up old guy home to help him get "set up" in a new life.  The guy who got beat up. (Let's call him Jessie.)  Jessie took Good Sam up on the offer, and was grateful.

But Jessie just lazed around the tent all day.  Oh he might go get a bucket of water if he wanted to wash his face.  But Jessie never really did much.  Every once in a while Jessie would leave.  Just like . . .  disappear.  He wouldn't ever tell Sam where he was going, or what he was doing.  He wouldn't call, wouldn't phone, ya know what I mean. Then Jessie would just show back up at Good Sam's house.

Then one day Sam came home and Jessie had killed Sam's best little lamb, had it half eaten, and when he saw Sam,  Jessie said,  "Oh Sam, I'm so glad your home.  Come, sit down and eat.  I've made a feast for you.  I was just taste testing it.  I think it needs a little salt." . . . . . . . . .

I repent.  How many times have we as people taken and misused every blessing we ever got from Him.
  Genesis 12:1-3    Genesis 27:11-13    Deuteronomy 11:26-28    Deuteronomy 30:15-20    James 3:8-14

How many times have we been "ungrateful, unholy, without natural affection."    2 Timothy 3:1-5   Romans 1:17-19

My own parents have been wonderful helpful people their whole lives.  They have sacrificed and encouraged, helped and nurtured, their own family, and many others.  How many times have I been ungrateful, unhelpful, unloving to them.  Inconsiderate of them.  Un-thoughtful of them.   I love my parents and don't do those things like i have been guilty of before.  But still the guilt is not in the monstrosity of the crimes but the attitude.

And we all, if we are honest with ourselves, are guilty of 'crimes,' 'unrighteousness,' 'Sins,' against God, ourselves, loved ones, and fellow mankind.  "They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one."    Psalm 14:1-3     Isaiah 64:6 

How many plausible excuses can we give ourselves for not doing what we know we should?   
Proverbs 16:25    Jeremiah 17:9-10    Psalm 24:3-4    Psalm 24:1-10

God asks why  ". . . when I called, was there none to answer?"    Isaiah 50:2
How come we are so blind to seeing and doing?  And what do we do about it? 

Inconsiderate 1 a : HEEDLESS, THOUGHTLESS b : careless of the rights or feelings of others   2 : not adequately considered : ILL-ADVISED   - inconsiderately adverb

Repent.  1 : to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life  2 a : to feel regret or contrition   b : to change one's mind  transitive senses  1 : to cause to feel regret or contrition   2 : to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for  - repenter noun

( Oh Lord God, help me fulfill your place for me.)<--- ken      Romans 8:14    Romans 8:1    Romans 8:10-11    Romans 8:24-28    Romans 8:31    Romans 8:1-39

Do the following sentences ring true to you, dear reader?  If something is not adequately considered, and ill-advised, shouldn't one change one's mind?  If something is careless of the rights or feelings of others, shouldn't one feel sorrow, regret, or contrition?  If something is inconsiderate of the rights and feelings of God, shouldn't one turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life?

Yet how half hearted are our efforts?  In my own life, how many times have I let some sophistry, some rationalization, convince me into doing, or not doing, something I know I should.  In the history of the church, how many times has new light been rejected.  It was supposedly God's church, at the time, which crucified our Redeemer and Savior.  How many times have we as individual Christians denied him with our actions.  Thank God for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.    Matthew 10:32-33    1 Peter 1:2-5    Jude 1:20-25

Deception is Satan's studied effort.  Any time there is something good and beautiful and righteous, Satan is going to get in there and do all he can to fffffffff  . .  . Flub it up.  He has what power God has given him.  The Bible says he is a roaring lion.    1 Peter 5:6-11    Satan talks out of both sides of his mouth, saying "The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil."    Zephaniah 1:12    If it is right, he corrupts it.  If it is wrong, he exalts it.  If there is a problem, he proposes plausible solutions, which if analyzed are hypocritical, not consistent, and destined to be over done and destructive.  The Bible says there is no law against moderation / temperance.    Philippians 4:4-6    Galatians 5:22-24    2 Peter 1:4-10

How many instances can you think of where the cure is worse than the condition?
Oh Lord God, help me and us, not to be party to the problem.  Let me and us follow the light where you lead.         1 John 3:20-22    1 John 3:18-22    Romans 14:21-23    Romans 14:1-23   

Why am I  . . .ppppp . . . Perturbed?  Because precious few people even remotely consider how what they do affects their beloved son and daughter, brother and sister, father and mother, around them.  Much less what God thinks about it!  Selah    And most don't care.  Most people, individually and in a group, are interested in what works for them, and not what works for the other guy.  None of us are immune from self interest.  But our actions are inconsistent with our goals.

Think about this for a minute:  Are you guilty of telling God what to do and how to do it? 
If God says do this . . . Do it!  Do Not Junk It Up.  Anything more or less is telling Him you make the rules.  The spirit of the antichrist is where man presumes to make the rules.
  ( See antichrist )       Daniel 7:24-26     Matthew 11:28-30    1 John 5:1-5    Jeremiah 25:4-7

Jesus said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."   John 4:23-24

Repent.  Know you don't know everything.  Be willing to change your mind. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."   Hebrews 11:6    Hebrews 11:1-40 

Ask forgiveness.  "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."   Matthew 7:7-8    ". . . him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."   John 6:37-38    "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."   Isaiah 55:7   

Believe you receive mercy. 
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."   Acts 16:30-34    Acts 2:38-39

Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."   John 5:24

Try to do better, every time.  "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: . . ."   
      Proverbs 24:16     And thank God, for loving you.   "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."   1 Chronicles 16:31-36   

Let all Christians everywhere pray God for wisdom and strength.  Let all Christians thank God for His Great Mercy and Salvation.

Halleluhja  Maranatha  Selah  Amen
Praise the Lord.  Jesus comes.  Imagine that.  So be it.

   Oh Lord God we pray:  Lord God, we humbly thank you for your great power and mercy
in dealing with us, and me.   I thank you for another day of life.  Thank you for all your promises.   Thank you for all your blessings, both seen and unseen.  And thank you for all your love.  You have promised to save me and us, your children.  We claim every promise you ever made.  For God, we your children, love you too.  Save us / me.  You promised.  I believe you.  We believe you.  And I, we, will wait for you. 

Lord's prayer.  Matthew 6:9-15
Hallelujah  Maranatha  Selah  Amen   
Praise the Lord.  Jesus comes.  Imagine that.  So be it.

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