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Joel 2:12-13 Turn to Me

posted May 25, 2020, 10:13 AM by Jacob Boer

"Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing."

Becoming a follower of Jesus means making a change in the direction in your life. Don’t under-estimate how hard it can be to change your life direction because most of the time we think our direction is pretty good the way it is. Yet, if we’re honest with ourselves and we picture our life as a road that leads to Jesus, most of us will have to admit to either a really windy road or a road that gets close, but not quite to Jesus. Our hearts have a tendency to want the bright lights of the world, the comforts of right now rather than the long-term strength and person change that comes from a deep commitment to Jesus. This is why the Bible describes committing to Jesus as being like our old self actually dying so that the new self shaped by Jesus can be born.



Q. What is the dying-away of the old self?

A. To be genuinely sorry for sin and more and more to hate and run away from it.