As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent
Three basic truths come to mind when we mention repentance.
First of all, everybody needs it! The Bible clearly tells us that if we say that we do not have any sin, we only fool ourselves; we contradict God Himself (I John 1:8). We are sinners, and God commands all of us everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).
Secondly, repentance is absolutely effective. Repentance is not a feeling; it is a fact. If we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive us and make us clean (I John 1:9). Many regret what they did, whom they hurt, and the consequences of sin, but true repentance involves confession to God and turning away from sin to follow His plan.
Thirdly, God assures us that He will rebuke and chasten every child He loves. He cares enough to correct us, to help us align our priorities with His. When He does convict and convince us, we must be eager and enthusiastic to repent. We discover why in Revelation 3:20.
He stands at the door of our heart and knocks. The longer we refuse to repent, the harder it is to hear His hand against the door. Repentance sweeps away the barrier of sin. We now hear His insistent knock and throw open the door to experience sweet fellowship with our Savior.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Be zealous and repent! Open the door to Jesus and His healing and hope. Thank God for the mercy and grace that is yours through repentance!
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