The Joys of RepentanceUnfortunately, repentance has become a “religious” word. Some people would like to have it removed from the Bible. But repentance really is the first step in reaching out to God. A proud heart cannot repent – therefore it cannot receive healing or forgiveness.
Hear and give ear; be not proud, for the Lord has spoken…God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent (Jeremiah 13:15, Acts 17:30). He looks upon men, and if any say, ‘I have sinned and perverted that which was right and it profited me not;’ He will deliver his soul from going to the pit, and his life shall see the light (Job 33:27,28). Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord thy God (Jeremiah 3:13). He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:8, 9). The Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His face from you if you return to Him (II Chronicles 30:9). For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16, 17).
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6) Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the Presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19). Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded (James 4:8). Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:7)
“Come now, and let us reason together,” saith the Lord: “though yours sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. I have blotted out as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and as a cloud, your sins: return to Me, for I have redeemed thee. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent” (Isaiah 1:18, 44:22, Rev. 3:19).
I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and my iniquity I have not hid. I said, “I will confess my transgressions unto The Lord; You forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:5). Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).
You were as sheep going astray: but now are returned the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls (I Peter 2:25).
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