Repentance is a turning from and a turning to. It is an act of realization and action. It is accompanied by emotion, but is not emotion-driven. Repentance is a seeking for God; a seeing of your weakness and need; an understanding of God’s worthiness and glory; a humbling cry out to Him for forgiveness and the grace and strength to return to Him; an acknowledgment of the worthlessness of what you had sought, and the glory and value of what you now seek; a renewed longing after things higher than you. It is a breaking of the heart, a contrition in spirit and in decision. You must turn from your actions of sin and begin again to do the things which obey, glorify, and honor God’s commands.
This is the action, your part.
Next I will describe the promise, the Lord’s part.
The Lord promises that, to those who humble themselves and seek His face, He will not only hear them, but He will empower, strengthen, and give them the grace they need to find their desires. When your desire is only Him, He will give you that desire, which is more than what sin promises. God actually gives you the object of the desires that He awakens in you, and He is the only one who will: everything else simply increases the desire and gives you less, making you dryer and dryer. The Lord promises with unfailing faithfulness to increase not only your blessings and fruit, but to increase your capacity for them! He gives you more than you can ever imagine or hope or grab for!
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Jeremiah 29:13-14a And ye shall seek me, and find [me,] when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity,
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Isaiah 66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place,] with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Seek the Lord by doing His will, sowing the seeds of obedience and repentance.
Hosea 10;12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Trust God, learn to love His ways, for they are the only ways worth loving.
James 4:4-10 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
I pray for all of you, my comrades and friends, by who’s side I fight, that you may find the mercy and strengthening grace of Christ.
With hope, faith, and prayer in Christ,