2 Kings 22:19 “Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.”
We’ve all met that person who, despite all the evidence against them will proclaim their innocence. Then there are those who are never wrong.
God convicted me of my lying long ago.
I had just finished embellishing quite a good story to my Preacher when the Spirit struck my heart about the lie I had just told. As I was walking away, I turned and said, “Preacher, what I just told you, isn’t true” and I proceeded to tell him the truth.
He smiled and hugged my neck and said, “I’m proud of you; you are learning to listen to the Holy Spirit.”
I was ashamed of my lie and he was happy for my repentance.
I think that is how it is with God.
Having the tenderness to repent when we are confronted with the truth of what we’ve done, pleases my Heavenly Father.
Josiah found that his tenderness of heart was acknowledged of God and kept him from going through the judgment God had planned against the sins of his father Mannasseh. Once he read how God felt about it, Josiah acknowledged he was in the wrong and turned to God and God’s representative to ask what it was he should do.
I have fought to keep that tenderness. When I don’t feel convicted over my sin, I worry that I am becoming numb to God’s leading and His Spirit and will be cast aside deemed unusable.
As you prepare to attend you place of worship today, take the time to do a spiritual check up.
Is my heart tender?
Is there anything keeping me from repenting should I be convicted of my sin?
Is there nothing between my soul and the Savior?
Covet the tenderness you share with God – it is pleasing to our Father that we do!