And you will also perish unless you turn from your evil ways and turn to God.
Luke 13:3 NLT
Luke 13:3 NLT
Repentance. It is an uncomfortable word, and if you're anything like me, when you hear a call to repentance there is always a 'but'. But is that really God speaking to me? But what about all the good things in my life, all the things I have given up for you Lord, all the prayer, all the worship? And what about those over there? They need to repent more than me! Often it takes a while for our spirits to catch up with what we have heard with our ears. We take offence at God's words to us and offence at the person who brought them. We begin to defend ourselves.
What we fail to see is that this is the most wonderful gift God has sent us. With that call will come a grace that will enable us to be broken over our lives. And as we come through the pain and discomfort, we will see a new way forward. God ultimately calls us to repent because He loves us. Intensely. He has amazing plans for us and is asking us to leave something behind and walk into freedom and joy and a greater awareness of His Presence than ever before. In the Bible, great things were born from repentance. God is asking us today to believe that He is calling us. What a great gift He is giving! Let's receive it in trust from our loving Father.