Sunday, March 3, 2013

Manasseh and Judah Repent

Today I read 2 Chronicles 33 which tells the story of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah who brought idolatry back to Judah.  This is an interesting story because despite the idolatry that he practiced, when push came to shove, when his kingdom was threatened, he repented and served Heavenly Father the rest of his days.  This is a man one can emulate.  We all sin and we all drift away from time to time.  Some of us worse than others, but if we can see the error of our ways and repent of our own volition, and stick with it, then we are better than someone who is righteous their entire life and then falls away never to return.  Like the prodigal son, the reason his story is so significant, is because after he returns to the right way, he stayed the course.  Manasseh served God the rest of his life and stayed righteous even after the danger to his life and his kingdom had passed.  That is the kind of man you want to emulate.  The kind of person we should all strive to be, when we repent, we need to truly repent and forsake the sins we love, and never return to them.  Until tomorrow.

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