REPENTANCE

There is a constant need for all of us to ask God for repentance.  No matter where we are in our Christian journey, we still miss the mark. Even with our best intentions, we fall short. We need to confess our sins of omission and commission to God and ask Him for his divine forgiveness.  We must confess with both our mouths and our hearts, and acknowledge before our holy God that we need His forgiveness. This is hard for many of us to do, but it is something we must all do.  There is a portion of scripture in II Corinthians 7:10 that speaks about this important matter of repentance.

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

Here the writer of this scripture speaks about godly grief.  Godly grief awakens the realization of sin as a wrong done not only to others, but also to God.  It brings us under judgment and the result is salvation, for God is truly a forgiving God.  Paul the humble servant of the Lord indicates that godly sorrow works repentance, and repentance leads to salvation.  I would argue strongly that when we fall short, we shouldn’t allow pride to get in the way of acknowledging our errors before God.  Paul is clear that God’s love will honor those who seek true repentance.  It is my prayer today that whenever we fall short, we will seek God’s forgiveness and acknowledge with great humility, our sorrow, shame, and our every wrong doing.  Then, allow God to restore us to our right position with Him.

II Corinthians 7:10 (NLT)