A Repentant Heart
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14
Every Christian has a repentant heart and every Christian is a light in the world calling for repentance. And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mark 1:4) John preached repentance in preparation for Jesus’ arrival offering salvation, and we preach repentance in preparation for Christ’s return. Many people are turning to Christ during this pandemic, and we are charged to tell people to repent, receive forgiveness and to receive Christ.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Christ through the Holy Spirit guides us to tell the world about repentance and forgiveness through Christ. We must deny self, pick up our cross and follow Christ through the Spirit. The difficultly in following Christ is denying self and picking up our cross. Denying self means we put God’s will over our will, and picking up our cross means we overcome fear and inconvenience to serve our Lord.
Christians have repentant hearts and are eager to tell others about repentance and forgiveness. A humble Christian repents every day knowing even with the Holy Spirit he/she cannot be perfect. We all live in the flesh and we struggle with sin, but a repentant heart shows God our hearts desire to overcome our sinful nature. God listens to our hearts and true repentance reveals a heart that greatly desires to overcome sin and walk with God.
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17) We minister to the world and we tell people about repentance and forgiveness from Christ. Unfortunately many people don’t want to repent and turn away from their sinful lifestyle. Not all people repented when John the Baptist preached or when Jesus preached and not all people will repent when we preach. But we never give up on anyone, but we show love and continue in prayer for them.
Today reveal a repentant heart because it reveals your heart to God. Today minister to those walking with the Lord, and with those not walking with the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, help me to tell others abut repentance and forgiveness through Christ. Guide me in the Spirit to always tell the hope that only comes through Christ. In Jesus name, Amen