Not all self-loathing is bad

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.26.2015 Old Testament: Eze 36.31–32

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 36–37 on November 26, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The Lord promised that He would bring Israel back from captivity and they would prosper again. Once they saw that prosperity, they would remember what got them into trouble in the first place, and watch how they would react,

“Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!” (Ezekiel 36.31–32). 

When they would learn of their iniquities and abominations, they would loathe themselves for what they had done, and how their sins had brought judgment down on themselves. This would be a good thing, for it would bring repentance and lives determined to live as the Lord directs.

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