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Day 23 | Repentance & God’s Grace
Genesis 3 gives the account of the fall of mankind. Adam and Eve sin and the perfect relationship they were created to enjoy is ruined. The rhythm of the world is broken.
We learn in Genesis 3 that after the sin, Adam and Eve were ashamed and they hid from God. Take some time to think about those two thoughts today. Sin leaves you ashamed and hiding. Sin leaves you trying, in your own strength, to overcome it.
The result is separation from God. But in verse nine, God seeks them out and finds them and meets them in their broken state. One of the things that we want you to see this week is that God is pursuing you. In all things at all times, God loves you and is pursuing you. Never will you exhaust the love of God. He loves you so much and he will never leave you. He is full of grace and mercy. You can, and hopefully will, come to grips with your sin in a deep way. But please know that God is pursuing you and will not leave you ashamed or alone.
When we sin our tendency is to hide from God. You were created to be in relationship with Him and hiding is the exact opposite of that. Repentance is the opposite of hiding. Think about that for a second. Repentance is acknowledgment of your sin, your failures. It is admitting to yourself, God, and maybe even another person, that you have failed. It is the opposite of hiding.
The product of repentance is deeper, more pure relationship with God. The product of repentance is ALWAYS the receiving of grace and mercy from God. The product of repentance is accepted vulnerability.
In a passage about repentance, Isaiah says, “The Lord waits to be gracious to you.” Today, we want you to let that phrase sit in your brain. Put it in your smart phone as an alarm to go off a few times today. Say it out loud to yourself. “The Lord waits to be gracious to you.” As you do, pray that God would show you your sin and remind you of His infinite grace.
“The Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you” (Isaiah 30:18).
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