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Day 25 | Gospel Repentance
Today, let’s reset a bit. On Monday we read this quote from Tim Keller, “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.” This quote comes from an article he wrote that talked about religious repentance vs. gospel repentance.
Religious repentance makes much of self. Gospel repentance makes much of God.
Religious repentance is reliant upon self. Gospel repentance is reliant upon God.
Today, we want to reset the purpose of the discipline of repentance. We want to make it clear to ourselves that the point of every discipline is to, as Keller says, “repeatedly tap into the joy of our union with Christ”. You are here reading or listening to this because you want to be connected with God in a deeper way.
Take some time today to journal some thoughts in response to yesterday’s post. Write down a surface sin that you considered yesterday. Write a deeper core sin below it. If you can, write a deeper still core sin.
Now pray with your eyes open, looking at what you have written. In that prayer, confess these sins to God. Ask Him to weaken your desire for these sins. Ask Him to replace those desires with a desire to be nearer to Him.
During week 2 on prayer, we looked at Psalm 51:8. This Psalm is from David after his sin of adultery and murder. It says, “Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.” Thank God right now for revealing these surface and core sins. Thank Him for His never empty, always fully sufficient grace. Your deepest core sins are known by God, forgiven by Him and you are free from them.
Rise now and face the day fully aware of your sin and fully aware of the complete forgiveness of them.
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