The Bishop
The Bishop

The Bishop

     "Thus says the LORD:  'I remember...the kindness of your youth...' " (Jeremiah 2:2).
     Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me?  Does everything in my life fill His heart with gladness, or do I constantly complain because things don't seem to be going my way?  A person who has forgotten what God treasures will not be filled with joy.  It is wonderful to remember that Jesus Christ has needs which we can meet--"Give Me a drink" (John 4:7).  How much kindness have I shown Him in the past week?  Has my life been a good reflection on His reputation?
     God is saying to His people, "You are not in love with Me now, but I remember a time when you were."  He says, "I remember...the love of your betrothal..." (Jeremiah 2:2).  Am I as filled to overflowing with love for Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him?  Does He ever find me pondering the time when I cared only for Him?  Is that where I am now, or have I chosen man's wisdom over true love for Him?  Am I so in love with Him that I take no thought for where He might lead me?  Or am I watching to see how much respect I get as I measure how much service I should give Him?
     As I recall what God remembers about me, I may also begin to realize that He is not what He used to be to me.  When this happens, I should allow the shame and humiliation it creates in my life, because it will bring godly sorrow, and "godly sorrow produces repentance..." (2 Corinthians 7:10).

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