Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. — Proverbs 28:13
This week, we are looking at how to choose good spiritual food. The more you choose the things God offers, the more you want to choose them. Just like when you get a taste of a good food and want more, when you get a taste of the bread of life and living water, you begin to crave that instead of the worldly things you had been consuming.
On the welcome page, I said that Lent was about repenting and fasting. You have been doing both. On day two I encouraged you to fast from something that had become too big in your life, and on several days you had prayers of repentance to use if you had put certain things on your plate.
Today we will look at why it is so important to repent. Why is repentance something to do daily rather than something to do in a quick prayer on Sunday mornings?
As I mentioned in the welcome section, the word “repentance” in Greek has a two-fold meaning—to change our minds, and to allow ourselves to be turned around. Your responsibility is to recognize your sin and confess. God cleanses you and turns you around so you are back on the path of righteousness.
Repenting is like keeping a wound clean. If you do not properly care for a cut, it can fester and infection can set in. Likewise, when you sin and let it sit there, it can take root in your life. It is better to confess quickly and let God cleanse you.
Renouncing means to reject something. When you repent and renounce, you confess and commit to stopping that sin. You scoop it off your plate and decide not to choose it again. You may backslide, but perhaps choose a smaller portion, and you may realize it more quickly and get it off your plate. Repenting and renouncing allow you to keep your spiritual plate clean so you have more room for the good things of God.
To Think/Pray About Today
Is there a sin that has festered in your life, perhaps taken root? Can you repent of and renounce it? Not just confess, but commit to keeping it out of your life?
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