“So repent [change your inner self
— your old way of thinking, regret past sins]
and return [to God — seek His purpose for your life],
so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased],
so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];”
The words of this verse are words of love. What a beautiful and impassioned plea.
Is that the way you read it??? If not, perhaps you could read that again and hear the heart of love crying out to you?
Repentance is call made by God to us, it is a plea and a directive of love. It is twofold, it involves sorrow AND change.
Albert Barnes Commentary says:
1. There are two words in the New Testament translated “repentance,” one of which denotes a change of mind, or a reformation of life; and the other, sorrow or regret that sin has been committed.
2. “Repentance implies sorrow for past offenses; a deep sense of the evil of sin as committed against God; and a full purpose to turn from transgression and to lead a holy life.”
3. Sin cannot be pardoned before man repents of it. In the order of the work of grace, repentance must always precede pardon
The word repent here means to change and reform as part of regretting past sins.
Why do we repent? It’s because we recognize that we are fatally flawed. We are sinners, we fall short, we need to be forgiven. We are human, we can never live up to the holiness of God, but we see that he provided the way, the bridge across the gap.
If you believe there is God, then the one who created the heavens and the earth, then you know we are His creation and we are nothing compared to Him. He is Holy. For us to enter into the presence of His Holiness, we too need to be holy and this is something we can never do. This is why He sent his Son. For us to be seen holy by God we need the covering of the blood of Jesus, through repentance, who paid the price for all of our sins, sickness and disease.
Return to God…
From God, we have all come, and at some point, to God will we return. We are all like sheep that have gone astray. He’s the good shepherd looks after his sheep, he is calling to each of us to come back to him; this is where we will find redemption, reconciliation to God, sanctification, restoration, protection, we will find home and we will find eternity together with him.
Your sins wiped away…
This is the glorious result of repentance and returning to God. Unimaginable pardon.
It’s not a temporary reprieve, but an indefinite one.
Through Jesus blood our sins are blotted out, wiped away, completely erased, obliterated.
The Bible says ‘though our sins be as scarlet they will be white as snow.
Times of refreshing…
Who doesn’t long for times of refreshing, like a cool wind on a hot day? This eternal peace and refreshing can only come once we know Him.
Through him, we can enjoy peace and hope and assurance despite any circumstances that surround us.
Even if we are surrounded by difficulties when we whether are in His presence we will find all that we need.
~ Cam Richmond~