Seven Life-Changing Words – Part 1
“Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites. “ (2 Chronicles 33:9 NIV)
Manasseh was one of the most wicked kings who ever lived. Instead of being an influence for good, he himself was influenced by the culture of the pagan people around him; and he led God’s people further and further into idolatry. He even had his own children sacrificed to the false gods of the Canaanites. What kind of scoundrel would do something so evil? Even the warnings of the prophets did nothing to stop him in his tracks. If anything, he got even haughtier and more entrenched in his sin. Finally, Manasseh reaped what he had sown for so long: The Assyrians, who were even more evil than Manasseh, came, put a hook in his nose and led him away to Babylon. That was the ultimate humiliation, as he was subjugated by his enemies. So Manasseh got what he deserved. End of story, right? Not so fast. Manasseh uttered seven words that changed everything.
The first thing that Manasseh said was, “I am wrong.” Oh, how difficult it is for people to say those words—so hard, in fact, that marriages have been destroyed and other relationships severed, because no one wants to humble themselves and admit that they were wrong.
Saying, “I am wrong,” means not justifying or rationalizing or making excuses when God puts his finger on some sin in your life. True repentance is agreeing with God when he says something is wrong. It may be about what you’re watching on TV or on your mobile device. Or an unkind comment you may have posted on social media in this charged political climate in which we’re living. Perhaps you have unforgiveness in your heart. If so, don’t give God a story. Instead, say, “I am wrong,” just as Manasseh did.
When anyone says, “I am wrong,” God says, “I’m going to make you right!” When you humble yourself and confess your sin, all heaven opens; and grace and mercy begin to flow. It’s a game changer. Oh, the blessings God wants to pour upon his people, if only we would acknowledge when we’re wrong. Remember that the father in the parable could not help the prodigal son until he said, “I am wrong. I have sinned." The same happened with Manasseh.
But that was not all.
To be continued…
Read 2 Chronicles 33:1-12.