by Rev Joel Yong
“But even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart– with fasting, crying, and mourning.” Tear your hearts, not your clothes. Return to the LORD your God. He is merciful and compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive and to change his plans about disaster. Who knows? He may reconsider and change his plan and leave a blessing for you. Then you could give grain offerings and wine offerings to the LORD your God.
Even while judgment is about to take place- there is still time to repent of one’s sin and turn back to God.
That is how much He loves us and hopes we can seek forgiveness.
We are told that God seeks an inner repentance more than just a superficial show of repentance. In the past, people would tear their garment to indicate the depth of their sorrow. But God says that a “tearing” of one’s heart – being heartbroken at our own sinfulness – is better than a mere superficial display.
Take time to consider your relationship with God.
Seek His forgiveness for any unconfessed sin. Turn wholeheartedly to Him and away from sinful habits.
He desires a relationship with us, even today.