God Promises Restoration
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).
If you turn from Me, I will pour out on you the curses. But if you repent and return to Me, I will forgive you and restore you. Just as dew never falls on a stormy night, the dew of God’s grace and peace never falls on the angry and unforgiving soul. God offers us so much including the freedom to choose whether we will embrace His blessings or reject them. Where would we be without forgiveness? Until we are forgiven God restricts our access to His presence and tender mercies.
Do not rely on the ill-formed notion that God understands how you feel, understanding how you feel does not imply God’s acceptance of why you feel the way you do. The essence of covenant is to be found in a particular kind of relationship with and between two parties, man and God. It is the mutual obligations of the parties that characterize this kind of relationship. Consequently, covenant relationship is more than a mutual acquaintance but a commitment to responsibility and action by both parties. God is going to fulfill His end of the deal, are you?
“Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 7:14). Man in his weakness, is not able to sustain any relationship without eventually needing to forgive and to be forgiven. This includes his covenant relationship with God. Unless God were willing to forgive us, we could have no relationship with Him, for we are unable to be sinless before Him. A mature relationship with the Lord embodies three components; (1) knowledge of Him, (2) covenant with Him and (3) worship of Him. These elements represent the complete love of God.
“And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good; for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 30: 9). A key word in Scripture to describe that commitment is “faithfulness” acted out in a context of an abiding friendship. In the Old Testament the word covenant was used in an ordinary human sense as well as in a theological sense.
An understanding of human covenants provides a starting point for understanding the covenant between God and humanity. A covenant represents the framework of trust, responsibilities and benefits from any relationship, personal to divine. In Scripture covenant is also the most comprehensive concept covering our relationship with God. Covenant relationship has been described as “a romance with God, an idealistic adventure of the extravagant and the mysterious in the spiritual realm.”
Worship means to be conscious of the presence of our covenant with God in everything we do, every time we do it. What a comfort. What a wonderful God. A covenant is a special plan that enables God to wonderfully work in the believer’s life. “To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:21). Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ