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Day 22 | Repentance Leading to Life
Thinking about and engaging in the discipline of repentance is a powerful and dangerous thing. The more you engage in repentance, the more deeply you see your sin. That is dangerous. But, when you see your sin in a deeper way, when you see the extent of your sin and simultaneously see your complete and full acceptance, your view of God and His grace is heightened.
Tim Keller once put it this way:
You are more sinful than you know and you are more loved and accepted than you can imagine.
This gets to the heart of where we want to go this week. We want to see our sin and we want to see our full acceptance. The deeper the better.
Charles Spurgeon said,
Repentance is the act of salvation of the soul, the germ which contains all the essentials of salvation, which secures them to us, and prepares us for them.
Spurgeon is talking about Acts 11:18 in this quote, which ends with the phrase, “repentance leads to life.”
We were created to live in pure and undefiled relationship with our creator. Sin has distorted and ruined that relationship. But the life of Jesus and the grace given by God has redeemed that relationship. Repentance is how we tap into that grace. As Keller says,
In the gospel, the point of repentance is to repeatedly tap into the joy of our union with Christ in order to weaken our need to do anything contrary to God’s heart.
In short, the product of repentance is deeper, more pure relationship with God. It is the purpose for which you were created.
Take some time today to “step away” from the busyness of life, possibly when you are driving in your car, to repent of every known sin and area of unbelief in your life. Read Psalm 51 and make it your prayer this week.
Psalm 51:1–19 (ESV)
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; 19 then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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