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04/22/2010

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Give It Up


"This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name" (Luke 24: 46 & 47).

Are there some things that you are uncomfortable talking about? You probably know someone who is willing to talk about anything from what he (she) had for breakfast, to the details of that hernia operation. I for one have difficulty talking about some things. I even joke to some of my closer friends about the things I won't talk about..It seems like we just don't talk about repentance very much....None of us. Maybe it has fallen out of vogue like virtue and modesty. Make no mistake, Jesus talked about it a lot, as did his forerunner John the Baptist. "From that time on Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand' " (Matt. 4:17). Whether it is a straying Christian or an unbeliever, Jesus wants us to repent. Maybe it is something that we need to meditate on from time to time.

So.....Why is repentance of such importance that it ought to be meditated upon? I find it to be pretty simple. You might like to read a few passages from 2 Corinthians 7, starting at about verse 8. The apostle Paul talks about the difference between Godly and worldly sorrow. Worldly sorrow often revolves more around getting caught than being really sorry. Paul stated unequivocally, that Godly sorrow brings about repentance. (V 10)...True repentance is the direct result of being sorry for a wrong that we have done...Sorry to God! We are telling God that we realize that He expects more out of us as Christians, and we are sorry that we have disappointed Him. This is certainly worthy of our meditation.

After committing adultery with Bathsheba, King David was truly sorry. He wrote words that we can read again and again to gain perspective about sin and Godly sorrow that leads to repentance..It might be good for us to read Psalm 51 and meditate on it. "Against you, you only, have I sinned and done evil in your sight.....create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Vs 4 & 10). The more we meditate on repentance, the more we will come to realize that God has high standards that He wants us to meet....Think about it.....

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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