Jonah 3:10 “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”
I have heard it said;
“Words may lie, but, actions always tell the truth.”
For many of us, we are great Christians in our minds. But I am reminded by what is recorded here in Jonah:
“…God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way:”
Repentance is acting on the conviction. It is not only feeling the guilt and shame of our sin but, realizing that change will come when my feet are set on the right path. Having regular exposure to the Word of God allows God to shed light in areas darkened by sin.
Our enemy subtly lulls us to sleep, and we grow numb to our sin. We push away from the preaching and teaching that convicts. We remove ourselves from the very place and people God placed in our lives to aid us in getting and staying right.
As the tentacles of our sin wrap around us, we fail to see the danger. We tell ourselves; “I’m already dirty, what’s a little more?” and the work of sin holds us and keeps us from the One who can free us from the bondage in which we placed ourselves.
Because we are His child, God will not allow us to stay in the way of sin without convicting us and chastening us.
Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Steve Curington, the founder of what is now, RU Recovery, always said;
“Keep short accounts with God.”
Meaning, the time between my sin and my confession and repentance of that sin should be as short as can be. The longer we wait, the thicker the chains become that hold us. It is often said;
“Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay.”
Many of us procrastinate those things; those ‘dirty’ jobs we don’t care to do but know we need to do. Don’t let our confession and repentance of sin be that ‘dirty’ job we loathe to do.
When we find ourselves unable to move or have the strength to do what’s needed to get the help we need, we must call out to a brother or sister in Christ to come alongside us; to walk with us, to tell us what we are unwilling to tell ourselves.
A true friend is one who will call us out on our bad behavior. They will encourage us when others have all forsaken us. They are the ones who stick and stay through the good times and the bad.
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
A new day had dawned, and another week has begun. Don’t carry the baggage of unconfessed sin into another week. Take the time needed and necessary to allow God to cleanse you thoroughly and wholly. Then, ask for the path to travel away from the people, places, and things that took you there.
Repentance then becomes the first step we take to that new path.