Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Make no mistake, God loves you. This verse is not a measure of God’s love for you, His love for you does not vary depending upon your closeness to Him. Whatever you feel for Him, or whatever you think of Him, He loves you right now. In order to grow in our relationship with God in Christ Jesus, we must “draw near to God”. (NKJV) This comes from repentance, and from choosing to live in the light. It is Jesus alone who washes us clean of our sin, and it is the power of God alone that purifies our hearts. We desperately need God, and that knowledge should humble us to live with gratitude.
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