Day 5 – Repentance
Have you ever been slighted or wronged by someone, and they didn’t apologize, or if they did, it was far more casual than the situation deserved? Did it sort of leave you still feeling a little stung or untouched? Perhaps it felt ingenuine or insincere. Instantly, your concern over whether they’re truly sorry or not makes you reluctant to move forward.
The first, and possibly most crucial step to restoring and rebuilding any wounded relationship is to acknowledge and feel remorse for damage that you’ve contributed. Repentance removes the wedge set in place in the relationship, and frees us to move forward.
When we breach or damage our relationship with God through sin, the first step in restoring the relationship is to acknowledge the sin and repent. Repenting is feeling remorse about what we’ve done. It is humbling ourselves to see our error, and the value of God’s continuous willingness to forgive us.
Repentance is truly, a gift. Being able to look at yourself helps in curbing all forms of pride such as self-righteousness, haughtiness, superiority, hardness of heart, etc. In essence, when you repent, it removes the wedge, freeing God to heal, and freeing you to move forward.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) – If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV) – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:1 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
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