True Repentance – A devotion

“Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a man. It is the threshold of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses a man’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God – against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.

Conviction of sin, the marvel of forgiveness, and holiness are so interwoven that it is only the forgiven man who is the holy man, he proves he is forgiven by being the opposite to what he was, by God’s grace. Repentance always brings a man to this point: I have sinned. The surest sign that God is at work is when a man says that and means it. Anything less than this is remorse for having made blunders, the reflex action of disgust at himself. The entrance into the Kingdom is through the panging pains of repentance crashing into a man’s respectable goodness; then the Holy Ghost, Who produces these agonies, begins the formation of the Son of God in the life. The new life will manifest itself in conscious repentance and unconscious holiness, never the other way about. The bedrock of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a man cannot repent when he chooses; repentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for the gift of tears. If ever you cease to know the virtue of repentance, you are in darkness. Examine yourself and see if you have forgotten how to be sorry.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, December 7th Devotional)

My thoughts from this text

This summarised how I feel every time I fall into sexual sin. I am in a constant spiritual battle to truly turn away from sin. I find myself going back to the same act after I have repented my sins to God almighty but it seems my foundation is weak and I need to work on it through true repentance. It’s not going to be easy but I have to do it if I want to be 100% delivered. May the Holy spirit give me the strength to go through true repentance, to cry, to moan, to pray for mercy before my saviour and detest every form of sexual sin.

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  1. January 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

    The specific statement : Strictly speaking, a man cannot repent when he chooses; repentance is a gift of God. —This was one of the most poignant things for me from the scf course.

    I know I need to experience this true repentance in other aspects of my life to further my relationship with Him. It doesn’t stop at one addiction or habitual sin, God is always desiring to mould us further. I’m so glad you brought this text to my attention again 🙂

    • January 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks for the comment. It was a great lesson and I hope many more can get to read it. Baraka.

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