8/30/16 With Open Arms
“Because you are My child, I run to you when you fall or fail Me. I marshal whatever forces are needed to bring you back into My presence. When you repent, I welcome you with open arms and love you with loyal love. You are Mine and I am with you as you grow. Never fear Me when you have done wrong. We will work things out together. As long as you are ready to repent and desire to turn from your sin, you are safe. It is when you harden your heart that you are in danger.”
Matthew 26:31 NIV
Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’”
Acts 17:30 AMP
Such [former] ages of ignorance God, it is true, ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now He charges all people everywhere to repent (to change their minds for the better and heartily amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins),…
God calls us to a radical life change of repentance for the sin we see with our new eyes. Before we came to the Lord, our eyes were darkened to the fact that we were in sin. We simply didn’t care. Now that we live in our new nature, not only are we accepted by God as His children, we also have the freedom to continually walk in the freedom of forgiveness. Our job is to continually go to the Lord in repentance, something only those who know Him desire to do. Doing so demonstrates His Lordship and exemplifies our submission. Repentance and submission bring His presence and His power to change us and eventually allow us to deny the sins that so easily beset us.
Thank You for forgiving me often, Lord,