I drew the following Promise from my box this morning, and wanted to share it with you.  In our busy world, we sometimes need a quick reminder of what is REALLY important.

The following verse is short…but to the point.  This is all God is asking from each of us, every moment of every day.  We are not perfect…we sin constantly; sometimes deliberately, and sometimes we aren’t even aware that we are offending God Almighty; But whether through our words, our thoughts, or our actions, we have grieved the Holy Spirit.  But, God said this…

Joel 2:13 (NIV)

13 Rend your heart
    and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
    and he relents from sending calamity.

Another version of the Bible, puts it this way…

Joel 2:13 The Message (MSG)

13-14 Change your life, not just your clothes.
    Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
    He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
    always ready to cancel catastrophe.

God KNOWS we are sinners…that’s why He died for us-to redeem us.  Some of us look more put together than others, at least on the outside, but in the deep recesses of our hearts, there is a mess… a darkness that only Jesus can bring light to.  Only HE can change us from the inside out!

If you find yourself in sin today, come back to God.  He is merciful and will forgive!