Text: Joel 2:12-13
“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity”.
Repentance is a feeling of remorse for doing something wrong. The scripture says “for all have sinned…….”
Literally, we all are sinners, and for this reason, Christ came to die for us, and we all should be saved and free from the bondage of sin. Before salvation takes place, repentance comes first. Salvation is the process of being restored or made new.
But, having been saved, there will be times we consciously or unconsciously transgress again God. These times of error are not a time to condemn ourselves or move far away from God. Rather, God is calling us unto repentance. He wants us to be broken before Him, acknowledge the wrong things we have done, and sincerely seek His mercy. Is there a time you were once vibrant in Christ, you lived your life to please God, you were even a worker in His vineyard, but now it seems you have backslid?
Or you have been far from God’s presence, your lifestyle cannot be compared with Christ, you are so conformed to the things of the world that sin has become a daily bread for you, and the things of God are now irritating or annoying to you.
This is a call to repentance for you. For the Lord is waiting for you with open arms, to return to Him. Jesus loves you!
Conclusion: Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.