Posts tagged repentance
Yes, But Are You Really Sorry?

When it comes to disciplining my boys, they have very opposite and extreme responses.

My moper is over the top with sorrowful expression.  'Mommy, I'm the worst boy in the whole world.' 'I should sit in time out forever.' 'I can't do anything right.'  He is genuinely quite sorrowful over his sin and foolish behavior.  It takes a lot of hugs and reassurance after discipline for him to move on.

On the other hand, his brother likes to deflect sin, ignoring it by pressing on to the next important thing (in his mind)...

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Giving Up

God wants a broken and contrite heart. So then, what does that look like? Am I supposed to feel ashamed and guilty for all the sin in my life? Am I supposed to be sad all the time?

No! The Bible also says in Romans 5 : 11, "More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."

Ok, so my heart is to be broken and contrite, but I'm supposed to rejoice in my salvation. I was a little confused. I had to dig deeper, meditate more, read more, and more importantly, pray that God reveal His meaning to me.

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Gravity of Sin

A remarkable thing about the Bible is the stark honesty with which it describes its heroes. Abraham lies. Moses, David, and Paul commit murder. Peter denies Christ. Rahab was a prostitute. Their histories are stained, yet they are extolled in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. I love this because their lives point to God as the real hero. When I see their faith (not their perfection), it gives me hope for myself. They are real, flawed examples of faith, perseverance, and repentance.

David is one of my favorites. A man after God’s heart. The biggest black mark in David’s history—his sin with Bathsheba—is recorded in 2 Samuel 11–12:15, and Psalm 51 is his prayer of repentance. (If you’re unfamiliar with the story, I recommend reading it!)

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From Sorrow to Hope

What we say can mean a lot of things. “I'll be there at five!” probably does not mean five on the dot. “Sure, you look fine!” might be said just to make someone feel better. “I'm sorry.” Now there's a tough one. If you're, say, seven years old, there's a good chance you're saying it just to get out of trouble.

It's really what's behind them that matters, of course. Psalm 51 : 17 says, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” You can apologize till you're blue in the face, but it's not until the gravity of your sin weighs you down and breaks you that true contrition from the Holy Spirit can take root and healing can begin.

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