Comments: Honey and Oranges

That resonates a lot with my own experience, Rosemary. Thank you.

http://www.whisperedlove.com/repentance.htm

"In that day, seven women will take hold of one man and say, 'We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes, only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!'

In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious... The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; He will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire."

Judgment is the fire of God's love. By the way of judgment and repentance we can know purification, we can know forgiveness.

"When you were a child, I loved you, and out of Egypt I called my daughter. But the more I called to you, the further you went from me."

Yet

"How can I give you up? How can I hand you over? ...my heart is changed within me, all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, I will not destroy you. For I am God, the Holy One, among you. I will roar like a lion, and when I roar, you will come trembling. You will come trembling like a dove. And I will settle you in your home."

For me, forgiveness came through the path of death and desolation and the stripping bare of my foolish pride.

The burning fire of God is a fire of judgment and a fire of love. And through that process of refinement, we find ourselves as if in the arms of a tender mother, and we are Hers, and everything - even the forgiveness of others - becomes possible. All those old wounds are the other side of the purging and the fire.

But of course, time needs to take its course.

We are precious and loved, and so are those we've hurt or been hurt by.

But God draws us into Her love and her wholeness, and repentance and forgiveness are instruments of our deliverance and new beginnings.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Saturday, 1 April 2017 at 10:35pm BST

This is terrific. Thanks, Rosemary.

Posted by rjb at Sunday, 2 April 2017 at 10:13am BST
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