Have you ever broken a promise that you made?
In the Old Testament God made promises to his people called covenants, and he never once broke a promise. But the people never kept their promises to God. They promised to love God, but then they worshiped false gods instead. They promised to be kind to each other, but then they were mean. They promised to serve God and obey him, but then they became selfish and disobedient.
Oh No! The old covenant failed. Yes, it did, but it was supposed to fail. It was supposed to show us that we will never be like God. We will never be able to love and obey God on the outside unless first we are changed on the inside. And that is why God promised to make a new covenant with his people. The prophet Jeremiah describes the New Covenant that God will make with us. Listen to these amazing New Covenant promises:
Jeremiah 31:33-34. 33For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
The New Covenant makes three promises to us. Did you hear them? First, God will put his law within us, on our hearts. Second, God will be our God. And third, God will forgive all of our sins. When these three promises are true we can love God and others from perfect freedom and without any fear.
Do you think that these promises are true in your life? Do you believe that because of Jesus and his cross all your sins are forgiven by God? Do you believe that because of Jesus and his eternal life you have a new heart that loves God and loves other people? I do, and I hope you do too.
Because of Jesus all my sins are forgiven and I can have a new heart.
With Jesus I can love God and others with my new heart that is full of his love.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Review any promises that you’ve made to each other lately. Have you failed to keep any promises? How can you correct that? Remember God never breaks a promise.
Jesus, because of your cross I am forgiven and because of your resurrection I can have a new heart. Thank you for all you’ve done for me. Amen.