Champions Know How to Repent
As believers, we should know that God hates sin. We also should recognize many of sin's warning signs. Yet despite all of this, we can still fall into Satan's handy trap of sin and disillusionment. When this happens, how should we respond to our failure so that God is honored and we are able to break free of sin's grasp?
All too often, we simply want to be pardoned from our sin. The thought of repenting is almost foreign to us. To repent means to stop what we are doing and to go in the opposite direction. However, most of the time we want a simple dismissal of our actions and a warning not to commit them again.
Yet when we recognize that we have sinned and offended the heart of God, we must come clean and desire wholeness again. David discovered that grieving God's heart was painful. Therefore, a simple "I'm sorry" would not do.
He approached God with all humility and a brokenness which showed that his heart was in the right place. Later, David wrote, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise" (Psalm 51:17).
Whenever we come before God with a heart that is contrite, sincerely sorry for what we did wrong and longing to change our ways, God is moved. He sees that we recognize what we did was wrong and that we want to be pure again.
True repentance means we love God more than we love our sin. When He sees this type of devotion, He opens up His arms and welcomes us with His unending grace.
Prayer: Lord, instill in me a heart of repentance that returns to You when I realize I have sinned. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death" (2 Corinthians 7:10).
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