SUGGESTED READING: ACTS 17:22-31
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “God… commandeth all men everywhere to repent” – Acts 17:30b
True repentance is keenly painful, but very beneficial in its results. Some people easily forget their period of repentance; others never do. I am referring to the period when a person fully feels what one has been. I do not believe the Spirit of God allows Christians to lose all memory of the horrible pit and miry clay of sins out of which God has delivered them. The apostle Paul never forgot what he was; and that memory reminded him that he became what he “now is” by the marvelous grace of God.
Repentance does not mean that you will never commit those sins again. It means that you have, by God’s grace, reached a place where you do positively the other things. The only truly repentant person, in the fullest analysis, is the person who allows God to deal with what was wrong – sin.
Set your heart and mind toward God and let the Holy light of Jesus Christ search through every crook and cranny. The result will be a marvelous readjustment of your whole life.
PRAYER THOUGHT: “Search me, Lord. Enable me to forsake all sin and live for you”. Amen.
SOURCE: Culled from DEVOTIONS FOR DEEPER LIFE BY OSWALD CHAMBERS.