Pastor Tim Romero

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Ezekiel 18:23

Ezekiel 18:23 (ESV): "23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?"

For God so loved the world...love is His nature and therefore He finds no pleasure when the wicked perish. He loves them with all the love He has to give and desires that they should live. That should be our heart as well.

After debunking the proverb of the day in verses 1-4, God goes on to explain that the father and the child both stand before the Lord as individuals. If the father does evil but the son does not, he will have life. If he goes down the path of the iniquity of his father he shall surely die. God then gives us insight into His heart regarding the death of the wicked. He finds no pleasure in this because He loves them. He desires that all should turn from their sin and live.

What is your attitude towards the death of the wicked? Do you rejoice at the news or does it make you sad? It was shocking to hear the response of some
Christians regarding the death of pro-abortion Supreme Court Judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a Jewish woman whom God loved dearly. Where she will spend eternity is unknown to me but our hearts should grieve at the thought of her perishing in Hell for all eternity. God loves us all at our worst and His followers should hate wickedness but love people even when they are two in the same. Check your heart Christian, may it be like that of your Fathers regarding the death of the wicked. Amen?

Father, Your love is amazing! It is so deep and wide that we couldn't possibly fully grasp it but help us to try. We want our hearts to be filled with Your love alone. Remove any hate and replace it with love that our hearts might break for what breaks Yours. Particularly when it comes to those who will perish we pray in Jesus' name, amen!
Ezekiel 20:42
Ezekiel 18:1-4

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