Jeremiah 15-16 B

“This is how the Lord responds: ‘If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!’ ” 15:19

It seems odd to try to relate to the book of Jeremiah, or pull out an application from these chapters. It’s a little intense and highlights God’s holiness and how sometimes his perfect love holds consequences. That’s what makes it perfect.

Still, the sentence do not let them influence you struck a chord with me.

Have you ever been in Jeremiah’s shoes? Has God ever given you an important message to deliver, and you find yourself set apart, maybe isolated from those you’re sending the message to?

It takes great discipline to not be influenced by whomever and whatever we’re around. We’re going to be influenced by something, so we need to make an active choice on what it’s going to be.

Reflect on what influenced you today. Maybe it was a person or a desire. What prompted that?

-Carly

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