Peace to those far and near

The truth and the words of God through His prophet Isaiah strike me.  If you think that you are too far gone for God to love you, then spend some time in Isaiah 57, specifically verses 16-21.

 

16 “For I will not contend forever,
Nor will I always be angry;
For the spirit would grow faint before Me,
And the breath of those whom I have made.
17 “Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him;
I hid My face and was angry,
And he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.
18 “I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners,
19 Creating the [p]praise of the lips.
Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near,”
Says the Lord, “and I will heal him.”
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
For it cannot be quiet,
And its waters toss up refuse and mud.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Whether bad or good, God has seen all of our ways.  He has seen the inclinations of our hearts.  He knows our deepest, darkest secrets.  He offers peace to those far and near, and through His Son Jesus He has brought healing.  All it takes is a surrender of control and an acceptance of healing.

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