“…also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26: 20b
Not too long ago we looked at forgiving others, today we look at the other side, being the one asking for forgiveness. Before we can even ask for forgiveness from someone, we need to repent- meaning that because we feel regret and sorrow over something we have said or done, we want to change our behavior!! It means we will not continue doing the same thing we are sorry for! How can we ask for forgiveness while continuing with the same sin?
“If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me…” Jeremiah 15:19a
How can we be an instrument for God to use if we don’t repent of our sins? God will restore us when we turn back to Him!
“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13: 2-3
Our LIFE is at stake! Unless we are truly sorry for all sin that separates us from God and turn from them, we WILL be separated from Him!
“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” Acts 20: 21
God knows what is best for us and living in sin is partnering with the devil himself! God is telling us to TURN BACK to Him and have faith in Him alone!
“Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
Father God, we have fallen hard and from very high over and over and over again! We are so sorry for the terrible acts we all have done and ask for Your Forgiveness!!! We NEED Your help and Strength Father to even be able to do better! Please put a spotlight on the things we are doing wrong and lead us to repentance!! May our eyes be open to what You have to show us!!
Please be with everyone engrossed in sin and aren’t seeing clearly- may You be able to OPEN our eyes to the drastice effect our sin has on everyone.