Day 4: Repentance Devotional

Day 4: Repentance Devotional

Read: Psalm 32


The key to the Christian life is not our personal holiness, but our repentance.

It’s not a matter of trying to be perfect, but recognizing that we’re not. We need to fully admit that we are sinners. Far too many of us are dishonest about our sins.

Warren Wiersbe writes;

“True confession of sin involves repentance, a sincere change of mind. During that year when David covered his sins, he thought he would “get away” with something. But when Nathan confronted him with his sins, David’s heart smote him and he repented. There is a difference between admitting sins and confessing sins. Confession (1 John 1:9) literally means “to say the same thing.” If we say the same thing about our sins that God says about them, and we truly mean it, then we are confessing sin.

Beware of “cheap confession.” Merely praying with the lips, “Lord, I have sinned, please forgive me!” is not confession. True confession costs something—a broken spirit and a contrite heart (Ps 51: 17).

This does not mean that we do penance and earn forgiveness, but it does mean that we are so broken by our sins that we hide nothing from God.”

Until we can say, “God, You’re right, it’s wrong,” we haven’t really confessed. If you’re not ready to confess, maybe you need a little more distress in your life. David finally surrendered.

Are you ready to do the same?

One Comment

    Pastor Mark

    Oswald Chambers in “My Utmost for His Highest” made these points:
    Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying, “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes— a reflex action caused by self-disgust.
    The entrance into the kingdom of God is through the sharp, sudden pains of repentance colliding with man’s respectable “goodness.” Then the Holy Spirit, who produces these struggles, begins the formation of the Son of God in the person’s life (see Galatians 4:19). This new life will reveal itself in conscious repentance followed by unconscious holiness, never the other way around.
    The foundation of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a person cannot repent when he chooses— repentance is a gift of God.
    This is why – The old Puritans used to pray for “the gift of tears.”
    Chambers, If you ever cease to understand the value of repentance, you allow yourself to remain in sin.
    Examine yourself to see if you have forgotten how to be truly repentant.

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