It seems that what I've been trying get across has taken longer than what I had thought. Hopefully, you've hung in here with me; I appreciate you reading Life with Lynnie (LwL).
When I first began this not-so-mini series, I mentioned about a male friend, who considers himself Christian, who is looking to find a woman to be part of his life, and have a relationship with, including sex, but without marriage. Please realize, I am not trying to put my friend down, as you will see, by the end of this not-so-mini series!
Firstly, we discussed sin. Then, how the we are made righteous through trusting/believing in Jesus (being saved), for then His blood covers our sin, so God cannot see it.
Then, the topic of stumbling came up. No one is perfect; we all stumble and sin, from time to time. We discussed obedience; how God wants us to not just love him, but also obey him.
Yesterday, we discussed being a lost sheep and how our Good Shepherd actually reaches out and brings back anyone who is a lost sheep. God will never stop loving one of His own; he'll always bring them back to the sheepfold, His family.
Today, we'll discuss repentance.
How are we drawn back into the sheepfold? How are we restored to favour with God? Through repentance.
How does repentance occur? Well, usually the Holy Spirit convicts a child of God of his or her sin. When this happens, the sinner is said to have a broken spirit and contrite heart. They are sorry and feel badly for what they have done.
Some verses that speak of repentance and what happens when we are repentant, are as follows:
* Psalm 51:17, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." Another Bible version says this same verse another way, "The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart."
* Psalm 34:18, "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
* Psalm 147:3, "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
* 2 Kings 22:19, "Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people, that they would become accursed and laid waste, and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the LORD."
* 1 Samuel 15:22, "But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams."
Wow! Did you read this last verse, posted immediately above this sentence? What does the last line say? "To obey is better than sacrifice."
Oooo... Here we go again, back to the idea of obedience.
Some people don't believe that obedience is necessary in the life of a Christian, but we clearly see in these verses and in many, many others, that obedience is absolutely expected of us, by God. And, is better than sacrifice; meaning to atone for our sin. That is, if we truly love God.
Well, there is still more to be said on this whole issue, but I'll have to continue, tomorrow.
Until next time...
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