God Forgives!

Revelation 3:16

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

What’s a body to do?  Here is another verse that appears to be a most unpromising basis for a “Word of Encouragement”.  And yet the fact is, this verse is indeed intended to encourage.  For considered in context it, like all the letters to the seven Churches in the book of Revelation, is intended not for an enemy but for the sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus.  The warning here, like all the warnings in these letters, is intended to motivate the people receiving the letter to remember who they are, whose they are, and how extremely important that is.  The correction of Jesus is never intended to cut us off at the knees, but is instead intended to remind us that repentance (and glory) are still possible for us if we will only respond.  Today, take an inventory of your failings, repent, and know the full forgiveness of God.  Go to the sacrament of confession soon and make the grace of God your own!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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