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The Gift of Repentance

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May 13, 2022 8:00 pm

The Gift of Repentance

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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May 13, 2022 8:00 pm

“No! I didn’t do it!” Jane heard her teenage son’s denial with a sinking heart, for she knew he wasn’t telling the truth. She breathed a prayer asking God for help before asking Simon again what happened. He continued to deny he was lying, until finally she threw her hands up in exasperation. Saying she needed a time out, she began to walk away when she felt a hand on her shoulder and heard his apology. He responded to the convicting of the Holy Spirit, and repented.

In the Old Testament book of Joel, God called His people to true repentance for their sins as He welcomed them to return to Him wholeheartedly (2:12). God didn’t seek outward acts of remorse, but rather that they would soften their hard attitudes: “Rend your heart and not your garments.” Joel reminded the Israelites that God is “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (v. 13).

We might find confessing our wrongdoing difficult, for in our pride we don’t want to admit to our sins. Perhaps we’ve fudged the truth, and we justify our actions by saying it was only “a little white lie.” But when we heed God’s gentle but firm prompting to repent, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all of our sins (1 John 1:9). We can be free of guilt and shame, knowing we are forgiven.

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Thanks for joining in today's devotional for my daily bread. I may need to save time reading gift of repentance. No I didn't do it. Jane heard her teenage sons denial with the sinking hearts, for she knew he wasn't telling the truth. She breathed a prayer asking God for help before asking Simon again.

What happened, he continued to deny he was lying until finally she threw her hands up in exasperation, saying she needed a timeout.

She began to walk away when she felt a hand on her shoulder and heard his apology. He responded to the convicting of the Holy Spirit and repented in the Old Testament book of Joel God called his people to true repentance for their sins as he welcomed them to return to him wholeheartedly. God didn't seek outward acts of remorse, but rather that they would soften their hard attitudes saying rend your heart and not your garments. Joel reminded the Israelites that God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love we might find confessing our wrongdoing difficult for in pride. We don't want to admit our sins, perhaps we fudge the truth and we justify our actions by saying it was only a little white lie.

But when we heed God's gentle yet firm prompting to repent who forgive us and cleanse us from all our sins.

We can be free of guilt and shame knowing were forgiven the passage from Scripture for today's Our Daily Bread devotional comes from Joel chapter 2 verses 12 through 14. Even now, declares the Lord returned to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning rend your heart and not your garments returned to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows, he may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing, grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God. Join me in praying the Lord Jesus Christ you died on the cross so that we can live in harmony with you and the father in the spirit as we accept your gift of love. Help us to speak truthfully and with grace in the name of Jesus. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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