Ezekiel 22:17-22New Living Translation (NLT)
The Lord’s Refining Furnace
17 Then this message came to me from the Lord: 18 “Son of man, the people of Israel are the worthless slag that remains after silver is smelted. They are the dross that is left over—a useless mixture of copper, tin, iron, and lead. 19 So tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you are all worthless slag, I will bring you to my crucible in Jerusalem. 20 Just as silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin are melted down in a furnace, I will melt you down in the heat of my fury. 21 I will gather you together and blow the fire of my anger upon you, 22 and you will melt like silver in fierce heat. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have poured out my fury on you.’”
Dear Father, I want to be a part of your peace. I want to be a part of your life. I want to be a part of your joy. You are peace, life, and joy. When I sin, I want to recognize it immediately and change my behavior. I will repent. I will ask for forgiveness. It is important for me to be forgiving of others when they sin against me. If you forgive me, Lord, I must forgive others. It is the right thing to do. Thank you for your loving discipline, for if you did not discipline, there would be no love for me. Thank you for your compassion and care. In Jesus’ Name I Pray, Amen.