It was so sad to read about the defeat of the Israelites, the killing and capturing of slaves, and the destruction of the temple and city of Jerusalem. What was sad was that it was unnecessary and preventable, if only the people had continued to follow God or repented of their rebellion at any point after warning after warning by prophet after prophet. Perhaps the people mistook God's patience for leniency, perhaps they just wanted to continue in their sin no matter the consequence, but the day of reckoning finally came.
The ultimate day of reckoning will come sometime. We don't know when. And we would be foolish to mistake God's patience for leniency.
God is always ready to provide grace when we repent. We see this in our Titus passage....
Psalm 100 is a very familiar psalm and one of my favourites.
Our Proverbs passage is also striking....
It reminds me of the cruel things people say to each other, followed by "just joking". Joking and teasing can be fun, but it needs to be good natured and it has to be fun for everyone, not just the person making the joke at someone else's expense. We can't expose our poor behaviour or mean or thoughtless words by claiming we were just joking.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Lamentations 1:1-2:22, Philemon 1:1-25, Psalm 101:1-8, Proverbs 26:20