repentance...

Romans 2:4 "God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance...." Miriam-Webster's dictionary defines repent this way: -to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life

It is easy to think that the "bad guys" need to be lead to repentance. I could make quite a long list of people who have hurt me, ignored me, said mean things about me or those I love, have used me, have lied to me, etc. It is not these people that I thought of when I was running yesterday and listening to a podcast by Jon Courson on this scripture. As he was speaking my mind started to wonder as I remembered a time a while back when I was judging someone. I thought they were walking continuously down the wrong path and making bad decisions because of their own selfishness and fear. Bad decision on top of bad decision and I decided this person needed to reap what they had sown in order to see how selfish they were being. Right at the moment when they should have come crashing down I saw God swoop in and do a miracle for them. Something they didn't deserve. Once again He saved them even though they didn't deserve it. At first this made me angry. How could they ever learn from their mistakes if they kept getting bailed out? Then it hit me...like a kick in my stomach. He loves them. He loves them. He loves them. My heavenly Father who loves me also loves them. It was this kindness of His that lead me to repentance that day and still when I start to think of climbing up on that high horse of pride and judgement. That horse always knocks me down and bucks me off anyway. I would rather be continually in repentance because I am continually seeing His kindness...whether it is to me or to others. By deciding to do this, I am deciding to live a life knowing...He loves me...

Now go listen to Kim Walker's version of "How He Loves" and get refreshed thinking about How He loves us...here is the youtube link to watch and listen to it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC1ec-lYps


Posted on March 2, 2010 and filed under Anything and Everything.