March 24, 2020
Word of the day: 11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.” Luke 3:11-13 NLT
Here is something difficult some people can’t do. Repent of their sins. In the bible years, corrupt tax collectors got baptized but asked a question. What should we do? John replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.” There are a lot of corrupt people out here, and they want fortune and fame. They want to achieve it any way they can get it. Some won’t do it. There are some willing to repent for other reasons. It does not have to involve corruption. It can be something personal. Fight with a friend, an affair. How can we repent? Psalms 51 is a good read on repentance. Here are four ways to do it if you are not reading Psalms 51.
- Recognize that you have done wrong.
- You must have genuine remorse for doing wrong and for the pain and problems you’ve caused.
- You must be committed never to repeat the act regardless of the temptations or situation.
- Repair the damage you’ve done, or at least do what you can to apologize directly to the injured party.
Repentance takes prayer, patience, time, and community. God can make it happen for you to repent.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. Thank you for your commitment to us. I pray for repentance. It can be hard for certain people to do. I pray that people can be courageous to repentance and know there are edible communities, especially within the church that will not judge and help them through. Be with those who need to repent. In Jesus’ name. Amen!