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Time To Repent

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 (NKJV)

All too often we can think we are getting away with improper things we do, but this is far from true.  We are told “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10).

On the other end of the spectrum there are those who may feel as though a lightning bolt may descend at any moment to strike them dead, as a form of judgment for their sinful act.  When we look at the Old Testament we can see where there have been various times where God has brought on catastrophic events in righteous judgment of unrepented sin — even so, God is faithful to give us opportunities to repent of our sin and to receive His forgiveness.

The fact God doesn’t judge us at the time of our transgression is a testimony of His amazing grace, love and mercy.  He does this because He’s not willing any should die in their sin.  We can see Peter speaking of this very fact. 

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

Q:         How should this impact us in our Christian walk?

I believe it should open our eyes to the nature and heart of God.  It should cause us to take time each day to ask God to search our hearts to find anything potentially wicked.  King David desired to have a pure heart before God, and so he would ask Him to show him any areas where he needed to repent. 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:23-24 (NKJV)

When we realize we are in sin we need to repent of these actions immediately.  To repent simply means we are changing our mind, and our direction as a result of our changed mind — it means we are willing to seek the Lord and follow His ways.  Repentance is at the very root of our Salvation, and God - in His abundant mercy - is giving every person enough time to make the decision as to whether they will repent, submit and surrender to His will.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Let’s seek the Lord and ask Him to search our heart.  Let’s turn from anything we know to be wrong and choose to walk in newness of life.  God has given us all time to repent, let’s not take this time for granted. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Peter 3:9 why is the Lord longsuffering?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to ask God to search your heart for any wicked ways?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord each day in prayer and ask Him to search our hearts.  If He reveals anything then let’s choose to turn from it. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Thank You Father for Your amazing grace upon our lives.  Thank You for being longsuffering.  Father, show us any way within our hearts where we are regarding iniquity.  Give us the power to turn from these things.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed Pastor Scott


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