fallen away loved ones
In your distress, when all these things shall have come upon you, you shall finally return to the LORD, your God, and heed his voice. Since the LORD, your God, is a merciful God, he will not abandon and destroy you, nor forget the covenant which under oath he made with your fathers.
Let there be, then, no man or woman, no clan or tribe among
you, who would now turn away their hearts from the LORD, our God,
to go and serve these pagan gods! Let there be no root that would
bear such poison and wormwood among you. [DEUT 29:17]
"If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I
enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and
keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and
grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land
you are entering to occupy. If, however, you turn away your hearts
and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other
gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not
have a long life on the land which you are crossing the Jordan to
enter and occupy. I call heaven and earth today to witness against
you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the
curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live,
by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast
to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to
live on the land which the LORD swore he would give to your
fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." [DEUT 30:16-20]
If you fear the LORD and worship him, if you are obedient to him and do not rebel against the LORD'S command, if both you and the king who rules you follow the LORD your
God - well and good. But if you do not obey the LORD and if you rebel against his command, the LORD will deal severely with you and your king, and destroy you.
Grievously have we offended you, not keeping the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances which you committed to your servant Moses.
But remember, I pray, the promise which you gave through Moses, your servant, when you said: 'Should you prove faithless, I will scatter you among the nations; but should you return to me and carefully keep my commandments, even though your outcasts have been driven to the farthest corner of the world, I will gather them from there, and bring them back to the place which I have chosen as the dwelling place for my name.'
Come to terms with him to be at peace. In this shall good come to you: Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; if you put iniquity far from your tent, And treat raw gold like dust, and the fine gold of Ophir as pebbles from the brook,
Then the Almighty himself shall be your gold and your sparkling silver. For then you shall delight in the Almighty and you shall lift up your face toward God.
No rebels can live in the presence of God. [Taken from PS
But they tested, rebelled against God Most High, his decrees
they did not observe. [PS 78:56]
Many times did he rescue them, but they kept rebelling and scheming and were brought low by their own guilt. Still God had regard for their affliction when he heard their wailing.
Because they rebelled against God's word, scorned the counsel of the Most High, Who humbled their hearts through hardship; they stumbled with no one to help. In their distress they cried to the LORD, who saved them in their peril, Led them forth from darkness and gloom and broke their chains asunder. Let them thank the LORD for such kindness, such wondrous deeds for mere mortals.
You reject all who stray from your laws, for vain is their
deceit. [PS 119:118]
"How long, you simple ones, will you love inanity, how long will you turn away at my reproof?
Lo! I will pour out to you my spirit, I will acquaint you with my words." [PROV 1:22-23]
He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart hold fast my words: keep my commands, that you may live!"
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves the man who pursues virtue. Severe punishment is in store for the man who goes astray; he who hates reproof will die.
My son, fear the LORD and the king; have nothing to do with those who rebel against them; For suddenly arises the destruction they send, and the ruin from either one, who can measure?
"We, then, have strayed from the way of truth, and the light of justice did not shine for us, and the sun did not rise for us. We had our fill of the ways of mischief and of ruin; we journeyed through impassable deserts, but the way of the LORD we knew not. What did our pride avail us? What have wealth and its boastfulness afforded us? All of them passed like a shadow
and like a fleeting rumor; Like a ship traversing the heaving water, of which, when it has passed, no trace can be found, no path of its keel in the waves. Even so we, once born, abruptly came to nought and held no sign of virtue to display, but were consumed in our wickedness." Yes, the hope of the wicked is like thistledown borne on the wind, and like fine, tempest-driven foam;
Like smoke scattered by the wind, and like the passing memory of the nomad camping for a single day. But the just live forever, and in the LORD is their recompense, and the thought of them is with the Most High.
Say not: "I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?" for the LORD bides his time. Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin. Say not: "Great is his mercy; my many sins he will forgive." For mercy and anger alike are with him; upon the wicked alights his wrath. Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day to day; For suddenly his wrath flames forth; at the time of vengeance, you will be destroyed. [SIRACH 5:4-9]
Return to the LORD and give up sin, pray to him and make your offenses few. Turn again to the Most High and away from sin, hate intensely what he loathes [Taken from SIRACH 17:20-21]
How great the mercy of the LORD, his forgiveness of those who
return to him! [SIRACH 17:24]
Zion shall be redeemed by judgment, and her repentant ones by justice. Rebels and sinners alike shall be crushed, those who desert the LORD shall be consumed.
Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, Who carry out
plans that are not mine, who weave webs that are not inspired by
me, adding sin upon sin. [ISA 30:1]
This is a rebellious people, deceitful children, Children who
refuse to obey the law of the LORD. [ISA 30:9]
For dreams have led many astray, and those who believed in them
have perished. [SIRACH 34:7]
Thus God has ordained [death] for all flesh; why then should you
reject the will of the Most High? Whether one has lived a thousand
years, a hundred, or ten, in the nether world he has no claim on
life. [Taken from SIRACH 41:4]
Because you felt secure in your wickedness, and said, "No one sees me."
Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, And you said to yourself, "I, and no one else!" But upon you shall come evil you will not know how to predict;
Disaster shall befall you which you cannot allay. Suddenly there shall come upon you ruin which you will not expect.
We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way;
But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all. [ISA 53:6]
How dare you still plead with me? You have all rebelled against
me, says the LORD. [JER 2:29]
Return, rebellious children, says the LORD, for I am your Master;
I will take you, one from a city, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently. [JER 3:14-15]
Return, rebellious children, and I will cure you of your
rebelling. [Taken from JER 3:22]
But this people's heart is stubborn and rebellious; they turn and go away, And say not in their hearts, "Let us fear the LORD, our God,
Who gives us rain early and late, in its time; Who watches for us over the appointed weeks of harvest." Your crimes have prevented these things, your sins have turned back these blessings from you.
Why do these people rebel with obstinate resistance? Why do they cling to deceptive idols, refuse to turn back? I listen closely: they speak what is not true;
No one repents of his wickedness, saying, "What have I done!" Everyone keeps on running his course, like a steed dashing into battle.
The wise are confounded, dismayed and ensnared; Since they have
rejected the word of the LORD, of what avail is their wisdom? [JER
O hope of Israel, O LORD! all who forsake you shall be in
disgrace; The rebels in the land shall be put to shame; they have
forsaken the source of living waters (the LORD). [JER 17:13]
I will give them a heart with which to understand that I am the
LORD. They shall be my people and I will be their God, for they
shall return to me with their whole heart. [JER 24:7]
Though you refused to listen or pay heed, the LORD has sent you without fail all his servants the prophets with this message: Turn back, each of you, from your evil way and from your evil deeds; then you shall remain in the land which the LORD gave you and your fathers, from of old and forever. Do not follow strange gods to serve and adore them, lest you provoke me with your handiwork, and I bring evil upon you. But you would not listen to me, says the LORD, and so you provoked me with your handiwork to your own harm.
Perhaps they will listen and turn back, each from his evil way,
so that I may repent of the evil I have planned to inflict upon
them for their evil deeds. [JER 26:3]
Behold, I will treat and assuage the city's wounds; I will heal them, and reveal to them an abundance of lasting peace. I will cleanse them of all the guilt they incurred by sinning against me; all their offenses by which they sinned and rebelled against me, I will forgive. Then Jerusalem shall be my joy, my praise, my glory, before all the nations of the earth, as they hear of all the good I will do among them. They shall be in fear and trembling over all the peaceful benefits I will give her.
Perhaps they will lay their supplication before the LORD and
will all turn back from their evil way; for great is the fury of
anger with which the LORD has threatened this people. [JER 36:7]
Why should any living man complain, any mortal, in the face of his sins? Let us search and examine our ways that we may return to the LORD! Let us reach out our hearts toward God in heaven!
For I know they will not heed me, because they are a stiff-necked people. But in the land of their captivity they shall have a change of heart; they shall know that I, the LORD, am their God. I will give them hearts, and heedful ears; and they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and shall invoke my name. Then they shall turn back from their stiff-necked stubbornness, and from their evil deeds, because they shall remember the fate of their fathers who sinned against the LORD.
"As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; For he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy."
Son of man, you live in the midst of a rebellious house; they
have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear,
for they are a rebellious house. [EZEK 12:2]
For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I will lead them out from among the peoples and gather them from the foreign lands; I will bring them back to their own country and pasture them upon the mountains of Israel (in the land's ravines and all its inhabited places). In good pastures will I pasture them, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing ground. There they shall lie down on good grazing ground, and in rich pastures shall they be pastured on the mountains of Israel. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal (but the sleek and the strong I will destroy), shepherding them rightly.
I prayed to the LORD, my God, and confessed, "Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you and observe your commandments! We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws. We have not obeyed your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers, and all the people of the land. Justice, O Lord, is on your side; we are shamefaced even to this
day... But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness! Yet we rebelled against you and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God, to live by the law you gave us
through your servants the prophets... O Lord, in keeping with all your just deeds, let your anger and your wrath be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain... When we present our petition before you, we rely not on our just deeds, but on your great mercy."
Woe to them, they have strayed from me! Ruin to them, they have
sinned against me! Though I wished to redeem them, they spoke lies
against me. [HOSEA 7:13]
Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole
heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts,
not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious
and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting
in punishment. [JOEL 2:12-13]
I will completely sweep away all things from the face of the
earth, says the LORD. I will stretch out my hand against Judah,
and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; I will destroy from
this place the last vestige of Baal, the very names of his
priests. And those who adore the host of heaven on the roofs, with
those who adore the LORD but swear by Milcom; And those who have
fallen away from the LORD, and those who do not seek the LORD.
Near is the great day of the LORD, near and very swiftly coming,
Hark, the day of the LORD! bitter, then, the warrior's cry. A day
of wrath is that day a day of anguish and distress, A day of
destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, A day of
thick black clouds, a day of trumpet blasts and battle alarm
Against fortified cities, against battlements on high. Neither
their silver nor their gold shall be able to save them on the day of the LORD'S wrath, When in
the fire of his jealousy all the earth shall be consumed. For he
shall make an end, yes, a sudden end, of all who live on the
earth. [ZEPH 1:2,4-6,14-16,18]
Say to them: Thus says the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. Be not like your fathers whom the former prophets warned: Thus says the LORD of hosts: Turn from your evil ways and from your wicked deeds. But they would not listen or pay attention to me, says the LORD.
[Taken from ZECH 1:3-4]
Since the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my
statutes, and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return
to you, says the LORD of hosts. [Taken from MAL 3:7]
"If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector."
Now someone approached him and said, "Teacher, what good
must I do to gain eternal life?" He answered him, "Why
do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If
you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." He asked
him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, "'You shall
not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you
shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother';
and 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" [MT
After this the Lord appointed seventy (-two) others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen
to him, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
"This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So
to them he addressed this parable. "What man among you
having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the
ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds
it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders
with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his
friends and neighbors and says to them, 'Rejoice with me because I
have found my lost sheep.' I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than
over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance."
Then he said, "A man had two sons, and the younger son
said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of your estate that
should come to me.' So the father divided the property between
them. After a few days, the younger son collected all his
belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered
his inheritance on a life of dissipation. When he had freely spent
everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found
himself in dire need. Coming to his senses he thought, 'How many
of my father's hired workers have more than enough food to eat,
but here am I, dying from hunger. I shall get up and go to my
father and I shall say to him, "Father, I have sinned against
heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son;
treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers."' So
he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long
way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with
compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. His
son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against
you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.' But his father
ordered his servants, 'Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on
him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet...Then let
us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and
has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.' Then the
celebration began. Now the older son had been out in the field
and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound
of music and dancing. He became angry, and when he refused to
enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him. He said
to him, 'My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is
yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother
was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been
found.'" [Taken from LK 15:11-14, 17-25, 28, 31-32]
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will
not reject anyone who comes to me [Taken from JN 6:37]
And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
[Jesus said,] "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
[Taken from JN 14:15]
Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was
necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since
you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
we now turn to the Gentiles." [ACTS 13:46]
Do not be led astray: "Bad company corrupts good
morals." [1COR 15:33]
At a time when you did not know God, you became slaves to things that by nature are not gods; but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and destitute elemental powers? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again?
We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the
fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. See that no
one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good (both)
for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for
you in Christ Jesus. Refrain from every kind of evil. [1THES
If anyone does not obey our word as expressed in this letter, take note of this person not to associate with him, that he may be put to shame.
Do not regard him as an enemy but admonish him as a brother.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.
For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift
and shared in the Holy Spirit and tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to
come, and then have fallen away, to bring them to repentance again, since they are recrucifying the Son of God for themselves
and holding him up to contempt. Ground that has absorbed the rain falling upon it repeatedly and brings forth crops useful to those for whom it is cultivated receives a blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is rejected; it will soon be cursed and finally burned. But we are sure in your regard, beloved, of better things related to salvation, even though we speak in this way. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the
promises. [HEB 6:4-12]
My brothers, if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of
sins. [JMS 5:19-20]
The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers.
Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of
sins. [1PT 4:7-8]
For if they, having escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of (our) Lord and savior Jesus Christ, again become entangled and overcome by them, their last condition is worse than their first. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment handed down to them. What is expressed in the true proverb has happened to them, "The dog returns to its own vomit," and "A bathed sow returns to wallowing in the mire."
We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.
Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent. If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you.
The Devil who had led them astray was thrown into the pool of
fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were. There
they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. [RV 20:10]
/ sins / sinned / sinful / sinner [S18a]
/ wickedness [E3a]
/ heretic [H12a]
from community of believers [E4]
with God [H10a]
behavior towards others [E1a]
/ conversion [C10]
of God / fear of the Lord [F7]
/ believe / believer [B2]
life / eternity [E2]
/ repentance [R4]
/ forgiveness [F10]
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