“Now choose life…”
God knew that we would fall away, give into temptation, & turn our backs on him. In his great love for us, he gave us a choice & knowing we would fail, he also extends his great mercy, love & forgiveness.
“And when you & your children return to the Lord your God & obey him with all your heart & with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes & have compassion on you & gather you again from all the nations where he has scattered you” Deuteronomy 30:2-3
Sometimes I think that if we were bound by the law like the Israelites it would be easier to know how to live. Everything would be plainly laid out as to what we were & were not allowed to do. I find that, especially when teaching my kids, I have to include the clause “even if others (Christians) are doing that, watching that, saying that… It doesn't make it honouring to God.” All the while, we still have to be careful not to judge because we may be convicted of something that someone else isn't.
I was encouraged by the following verses: