But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. And the Word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before Me? because he humbleth himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house. (1 Kings 21:25-29)
It is by the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed but He extends grace to those who repent. Ahab sought the LORD that he might receive mercy and God granted him that the evil which God had pronounced upon Ahab and Jezebel would not happen immediately but at his death and during the reign of Ahab’s children. Ahab was not freed from the consequences of his actions and rebellion against the LORD but was granted mercy in the timing of the judgment which God proclaimed when He came unto Elijah.
God chastises His own and corrects those who seek Him to refine those who follow Him. When our actions bring disgrace upon the Name of the Lord, He brings judgment and correction to His own. God has spoken through His Word the doctrines of our faith in order for us to know Him, the reproof and correction of our thoughts and actions that we need, and instructions in the way of righteousness that we may grow in Him and walk by faith as obedient children of the living God. The ministry, missions, and discipleship which God has given unto His church is for us to reach the lost, teach the nations, and preach His Word, not for our glory but for His. He extends mercy to those who seek forgiveness through repentance, but we are not free in the liberty we now enjoy in Christ to do as we please nor are we free from the consequences of our actions. Our God is a jealous God, and is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He does not change. He will purify His Church even as He protects and provides for His people and we are to walk in His ways that others may come to know God and the fellowship of righteousness which we have with Him who is our Creator, Redeemer, and King.
For while we are here, God has commanded those of us who are His saints and know Him to go out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our God has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of God so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God might have life in His Name.
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. God calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with God, forgiveness from God, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is God the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.