A. Brother
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            “Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for…”                                                                                           --Isaiah 40:1,2

          The hardest service of all is trying to pay for our own sins.
            Some men think nothing of sin.  They go through life with a light mind—not worrying about their actions—or about the consequences of their disobedience to God.  They take God as some take pills--a precaution against hell and damnation--an insurance policy in case it all turns out to be true, this thing about God and His Word.
            Other men think continually on their sin.  They are the mourners—heavy minds weighed down worrying that they’ve sinned so much God can’t forgive them.  Their sins are “ever before them” and they know that His judgments are just.  They can’t seem to forgive themselves, and hope against hope that their sins will be covered by the grace and mercy of God.
            If you are among the former, then you must repent and get a new heart of flesh from God, to replace the heart of stone you’ve got.
            If you are among the latter, you need the comfort of this good Word from the Lord.  Those of you who mourn today over your own sins need to know that your hard service is done, and you need to hear tender words of love from the heart of God.
            In Jesus, God’s compassion paid for your sins, no matter how grievous.
            No more sorrow and grief for the past.
            Only the Shepherd can comfort us.  Take comfort, God’s people who grieve over sin.  Yours have been paid for, and now Jesus will carry you.

            “He tends His flock like a shepherd.  He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.”  --Isa. 40:11


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