Lamentations 3:21-26: Please take time to read this. Even in the midst of sorrow, there is great hope in Our Deliverer, Jesus Christ, the Holy Lamb of God, by His Holy Spirit!
Commentary on Jeremiah from Our Daily Bread (odb.org): “Chapter 3 of this inspired book initiates a call for repentance in the people of God. Jeremiah has been rightly called “the weeping prophet.” Part of this had to do with a more sensitive temperament than, for example, the prophet Elijah, who felt quite comfortable delivering a fiery challenge. The record we have in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations indicates that, at times, Jeremiah felt a deep call to the prophetic ministry but also felt emotional wounds from rejection. Jeremiah reflected on the gracious character of the living God he served in the context of the psychological suffering he incurred by faithfully delivering God’s message. Central to the comfort Jeremiah felt is God’s faithfulness.”
The commentary above speaks to God’s character. It is unchanging and it is infinitely good! Take hold of it and emulate it. Below are virtues and gifts that come straight from the Throne Room of God!
First, repentance. We are all called to turn and repent from our wicked ways. We are to turn to Jesus so that we never have to return to the sin and the resultant condemnation. Rather, as members of the body of Christ, Jesus has called us a new creation. We are a finished and perfect work in His eyes!
Second, grace. What comes with grace is God’s mercy upon His beloved. Without grace, our deeds are doomed. Even with grace, our deeds are worthless unless we acknowledge that it is by God’s grace we are saved, nothing of ourselves, but the Gift of God. His Throne of Grace is available to us as believers, fall before it often. For as often as we fall before His Throne of Grace in prayer, He remains faithful and just to forgive us for a multitude of sins.
Lastly, faith, which leads to hope, and these lead to God’s love. Compassion, forgiveness, and grace. We have an everlasting hope in the arms of our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ! Fear not the things that will come upon you in this world. The enemy targets us specifically because He fears God’s power within us, which He cannot overcome. Remember the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity (love). Deal with people in the manner of these virtues. It will change your life because Christ first showed us the way into everlasting life and the love of our neighbors!