Repentance, what is it? I have been reflecting on its importance in my life recently. When I’ve done something wrong, I move quickly to hiding. Shame has long been a powerful, driving force in my world. Think about this: when I am hiding something it is about control. I move in such a way to have power over my world. I dictate what is to be known about me. Of course, I don’t want you to know about the ugliness of my sin. I must pay attention to this, because this pursuit of control indicates an unwillingness to be repentant because I won’t release my sins or my control to God. After all, God is ultimately in control. He is kind to bear with me. He unveils my hidden deeds and thoughts. Paul wrote to the Romans, “Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (2:4). My answer would be, “Yes, sometimes I do. If I am hiding then I most certainly am.” Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10). When my hiding is exposed, I should run to God with genuine sorrow. He is interested in my good for His glory. Let’s pray for one another that shame and hiding would be greatly diminished more and more in our lives.
Seeking strength and courage in the hearts of men,
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