“They Would Have Repented”
Lord, help us to accept the great responsibility of responding to your grace that comes with the great privilege of encountering your grace.
And Lord, guard us from the sin of presuming that we have responded to your grace just because we have seen it and heard of it; guard us also from the sin of assuming that your grace is so narrow that it applies only to “us” because of who and where we are or that it is so wide that it applies to “us” whether or not we respond to it and live in it.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.” (Matthew 11:21-24)