Repentance

Let’s get your family together and continue our journey through the Westminster Confession (for this devotion, you will need your Bible and this declutter video from youtube):

Did you know that there are people who have difficulty throwing out junk? Let’s watch this video on a messy home. They allow trash to accumulate in their homes to the point that friends can no longer come visit, bugs and pests begin to move in with them, and even emergency services cannot get in to help them when they need it! This is a serious problem! In the video we just watched, Mrs. Kimura couldn’t have her family move in with her, until she realized that her messiness was a problem — she needed to change her habits!

Pastor Jim often tells us we are saved by faith alone, but faith never is alone. Faith is always accompanied by something we call repentance. What is repentance? Repentance is what happens when we 1) Begin to hate sin; 2) Confess our sin to God, and 3) Choose to turn away from that sin.

Let’s start by reading Genesis 39:6-12 together. Joseph loved God. Joseph loved God and hated sin. So when Potiphar’s wife demanded that Joseph be her special boyfriend, Joseph knew that it was sin not just against Potiphar, but against God. So Joseph ran away from sin! That’s exactly what repentance looks like at the beginning and at the end – it begins with a hatred of sin and it ends with a running away from sin. If we love God, we realize that sin separates us from Him and cannot be tolerated. We cannot hug God and hug sin at the same time; one will crowd the other out.

But we also see that repentance means confessing our sin when we do sin. In Psalm 32:1-5 David tells us that when he hid his sin from God, his bones wasted away within him. This means that his soul was tormented by sin because it was standing in the place of God (remember we were made for God, not pickle juice!). Puritan Nathaniel Vincent wrote “He who hides sin loves it.” And this is true! But we also must remember that Martin Luther’s first protest against the Catholic Church was: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said “Repent,” he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.” The Christian life is filled with repentance from beginning to end.

Let’s thank God that He has given us a gracious opportunity to believe Him today.

Reaction Activity

  • Let’s sing Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing together as a family.
  • Let’s take some time to confess our sin before the Lord. He is merciful to those who come to Him!
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