True Repentance (Evening)
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Matthew 3:8 Produce fruit, then, in keeping with repentance.
“God, please make me holy, but not now,” prayed a young man whose life was wallowed of sins to God. He prayed in front of his mother who was diligently praying for him to repent. Hearing the son’s prayer, the mother did not give up to keep praying for him. Years later, in the summer of 386 at his age of 31, the young man heard and was touched by a childlike voice telling him to take and Romans 13:13-14, “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immortality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.” Since that moment his life suddenly changed 180 degrees. The young man ended up growing to be a great Christian philosopher and theologian known as Saint Augustine. He shared the radical transformation in his life through a prayer of repentance which he wrote in the title of “Late Have I Loved Thee”.
When performing the baptism, John the Baptist hardly rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees who came to him asking to be baptized (Matthew 3). He reminded those people so that their lives should bear fruit from repentance. And the true repentance must be seen in life by living a life led by the Holy Spirit by leaving sins and bearing the fruit of Godliness.
Learning from the story of Saint Augustine and the words of John the Baptist, let us have a closer look at each of our lives. Have we truly repented all this time or we probably only come to God and ask for forgiveness but not repenting sincerely? Now it is our best time to come to God and ask for forgiveness with a heart that is ready to repent radically. Let us come with all humility and invite the Holy Spirit to rule over our hearts and lives. In our limitations and weaknesses, the Holy Spirit will transform us into the extraordinary heroes of God for the glory of God’s name.
Do not just come to God and ask for forgiveness. We must REPENT WHOLEHEARTEDLY.
1. Have you truly repented?
2. How could it be called true repentance?
3. Try to test yourself by asking people around you, have they seen the obvious fruits of your repentance?
“Father, thank you for the forgiveness that You have given to us. We will not waste it and will truly repent from our sins and transgressions. Let our life be a testimony that glorifies Your name. In the name of Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”