Repentance is the means by which one accepts forgiveness already offered.
Not the means by which forgiveness is earned.
Forgiveness is a gift given; not a right deserved; nor a commodity bought.
Repentance is the way in which one holds out their own hand to accept the gift of forgiveness offered freely.
Forgive. Repent. Accept. Be changed.
I have just read a devotion by Chuck Swindoll on Insight For Living titled ‘Flexibility’ and based on Acts 16:6-10.
And I’m wondering…
Could it be that inflexibility and traditionalism don’t necessarily mean that one always refuses to do a new or different thing; but that one does all things – new and familiar – with the same old attitude, traits, judgementalism, blind following (lack of discernment), conformity, demand, prejudice, partiality, fear, insecurity…Reforming the things one does, without becoming a person reformed?
Oh, love; on earth’s elusive
Oh, love; what should you be
Oh, love; defined existence
Not love devised of me
I love; but with distortion
I love; but selfishly
I love; yet incompletely
Oh that Love, would love make me
Love’s desire; the best for others
Love’s desire; not giving in
Love’s desire; to show true favour
Of others, though undeservedly
Love is value; Love is constant
Love is humble; Love’s secure
Love is truth, belief and hope
Love is all that will endure
Love will stand and not be moved
Love, a compromise will not
Love is ever only constant
Sit under Love or wander lost
In response to Weekly Word Challenge at Suzie81 Speaks
Internal, infernal, a whisper eternal
A voice and a cry and a thought
Try to hide
It creeps and it seeps, try suppression to treat
But it scrapes and it claws up
Within won’t abide
Release and relief, expressed at length or in brief
An outlet, a fountain, a fissure
A strike and a light, the truth justified
Establishing, grounding in depths
Out of sight
The murmur, the mumble, the mutter of breath
Acknowledged and heard aloud
Exposed to the right
As murmur and thought, the voice and the cry
Find submission to truth and light
Peace will arrive
10/13 April 2014
In discussions today during the ‘Growth Group’ I am part of, these things were mentioned:
We have a choice in how we wait for things
We can have an ‘earthly’ view (look at everything in relation to the present) or eternal view
We can – or do we – look back with hindsight
Focus on side-tracks can lead to deception/being deceived
Intensity may increase near to the end/delivery
A seed planted, has to have died first
Justice should be taken very seriously
The hard and painful stuff will have an end, but He who is absolute truth will not
Pay attention to the signs
Look with and not through the eyes (Michael Card’s words)