Pastor Tim Romero
Jeremiah 3:9–11 (ESV): "10 Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to me with her whole heart, but in pretense, declares the Lord." 11 And the Lord said to me, "Faithless Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah."What does true repentance look like? It means to turn 180 degrees from your sin and walk the direct opposite way. It's a wholehearted return to God!
God, speaking through Jeremiah, declares the repentance of Judah to be in "pretense" meaning in falsehood. They returned to God but not wholeheartedly. That is never acceptable to God. He desires for His people to repent with sincere, genuine sorrow that doesn't declare "I'm sorry I got caught", but "I'm sorry I sinned against you God, help me not to do it again." Judah, after playing the whore (vs 9), returned to God in pretense. She was not fully repent thus God pleads with her to truly repent and be restored!
When you go astray God's heart for you is reconciliation through genuine repentance. He isn't waiting to take you behind the tool shed to whip you. He wants you to acknowledge where you went off track, turn from it completely, and commit yourself wholly to Him. That is His heart for you. If you are committing spiritual adultery today turn from your sin and turn back to God with a repentant heart. He will receive you if come to Him in this way. Don't wait, turn your heart back to Him today, and let the healing begin!
Father, we thank You for being so in love with us. It's truly convicting to think how much You love us and how little we love you. Increase our love for You. Move our hearts from a place of partial passion to a full flame that burns solely for You. Forgive us, wash us, help us to return wholly heartedly to You we pray in Jesus name, amen!