Repentance is often thought of as an old fashioned church word, but as we take a closer look at the word we find out that it means to literally turn away from our sin. Let's face it, our sin grieves God and causes us to be distanced from Him. The cool thing about God is that instead of getting bitter and tossing lightning bolts toward us, He gently calls us to come back.
Romans 2:4 actually teaches that God's kindness leads us to repentance.
As a mom and teacher, I know that I can never sway the hearts of my kids with harsh discipline. Understanding the way to help guide a child comes through a steady dose of love, grace, and conversation. Are there consequences to sin? Yes, but the consequences stem from their sinful choices: not my stern orders. I want my kids to see that their choices caused a difficult situation for both of us and caused our relationship to be distanced for a time. I do not condemn the child forever.
God is a perfect parent. He disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6). Our loving God gives us immeasurable grace and mercy, but often allows consequences based on our choices.
Although repentance may involve swallowing our pride, confessing our sin, and then turning away from it, the restoration of our fellowship with God follows. Let's boldly pray that God will show us our sins that separate us from Him today.
My Prayer: God, thank you for reminding me the importance of repentance. I choose to turn away from any sins you reveal to me willingly and happily knowing that this will restore fellowship with you. You are an awesome God and perfect parent. Thank you for loving me in spite of my obstinate attitude. I realize that repentance helps me to be healthy and, oh, how much I desire good health. Thank you Father, for going before me and knowing my heart. In Jesus' name!