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The Artist's Mercy.

Jer 18:8

If that nation I warned repents of its evil,then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. IN WORD:Repentance is a much-maligned word.It sounds so hard and painful,even condemning.Those connotations don't go over well in a laid-back,life's-a-beach culture of tolerance like ours.Repentance implies that something is wrong with us and we're going to have to deny ourselves something is wrong with us and we're going to have to deny ourselves something we treasure in oder to change.That's bbblical truth we don't enjoy memorizing.Mabe it would help us to think about repentance in terms of clay.Clay that has lost its moisture,that is hardening and no longer pliable,is unrepentant clay.If that thickening process isn't ton far along,the Potter can add some water and soften it up.But if the clay is too dry and stiff,there's nothing to be done.It has to be tossed out.Based on that illustration,repentance sounds like a good plan,doesn't it?It is a matter of regaining pliability in oder to be useful to the Master Artist.David demonstrated it when its citizens repented after Jonah's prophecy of destruction.In both cases,the Potter was merciful and the clay became useful again.Repentance was a very worthwile event.---IN DEED: Our Potter's grand design depends on the malleability of His clay.If we are too stiff and unyielding,God has no compassionate alternative to informing us of our impending uselessness_-the disaster the prophets proclaimed.If we accept the warning,however,we becone soft and easy to reshape,and the Potter enjoys us again.He always has a good plan for clay that bends.Are there any areas in which your heart needs to bend?Yes,it sounds painful,but the alternative is far worse.Softening the substance of your life makes the Potter delightfully willing to make something beautiful.His blessings come to those who bend. . . ONE OF THE THIRST THINGS FOR WHICH WE HAVE TO PRAY IS A TRUE INSIGHT INTO OUR CONDITION.


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