“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” – Psalm 51:17
When you are deeply and sincerely sorrow for something you’ve done, that thing will affect you. It will make you feel like your inside has been broken into pieces, especially when you realize that it was God you offended.
“When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long” – Psalm 32:3
“Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight”- Psalm 51:4a
Repentance involves the acknowledgment or confession of your sins from the sincerity of your heart, that you are guilty of disobeying the law of God.
“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin” – Psalm 38:18
A heart that is deeply affected by the sin committed, will have no further desire to intentionally commit sin or continue in sin, especially one it has sincerely and sorrowfully confessed. You cannot skip repentance thinking you have not sinned against God.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” - I John 1:8
Under the new covenant, repentance for sin must be as God requires, and on God’s terms. There is no way around it.
The good news is, when we do sincerely and sorrowfully confess our sins…
“The Lord is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” - I John 1:9b
Start each day with a sincere confession of your transgressions. Seek to have a truthful, faithful and right relationship with a Holy, Loving and Faithful God.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.