2020-02-15 - Repentance
Recently, a national sports team was caught cheating. Several members of the management team were fired. The accomplishments of the team were questioned. Did their cheating benefit them in their performance? How should the team atone for their cheating?
After several weeks, the team held a press conference to address their misconduct. With television cameras broadcasting the event live and millions watching, team members spoke. Their short statements of apology were said quickly and without emotion. They seemed to express little sincere regret, and said they wished to move forward. Those watching roundly criticized the speakers for their shallow apologies and lack of repentance.
How often have you had to apologize for a mistake? Did you feel sincere regret and show remorse? Did you go to those that you had wronged and make amends? Or were you just sorry for being caught? Repentance is an important part of forgiveness.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 (NIV)
Proverbs 10:12 (NIV) tells us that ”Love covers over all wrongs. ” Apologies made with love are sincere. When we apologize to those whom we have wronged, we should do so with all of our heart.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.