Looking unto Jesus who gives repentance as well as forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31). He gives us the grace to recognize, to deplore, to confess, and to forsake our transgressions.
The evangelical’s dangerous wager with temptation and sin is, “I’ll do it and then I’ll ask God to forgive me.” Too often we picture God running a divine concession stand where forgiveness can be acquired with quick bow of the head and a premeditated request of ‘forgive me of my sins, amen.’ But the gift of forgiveness Jesus brings us always comes with another gift; the gift of repentance. Let’s back up in our requests and not only ask Jesus to forgiveness us. First, let us ask that Jesus would daily give us His gift of repentance; causing us to deplore, grieve and confess our sins. This we should seek as an urgent and desperate need.
“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:30-31
Can We Pray? “Father I want your best gifts. Oh Jesus make repentance my life long friend; a companion that would teach me to deplore sin and forsake it; a friend to plunge me each day under Your cleansing blood. Amen”