Thursday, January 31st


"Peter said, " 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

Dear Jesus, when I hear the word "repentance" I often think of hard sobering thoughts.  It is so hard for a sinner to repent.  It is embarrassing, humbling and shaming.  But Peter's words give me hope.  When he called the people to repentance he said it was so, "times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Help me to remember that you want to bring me happy, refreshing times but the door I enter to get into that room is repentance and not stubborn pride.  Help me to readily say, "I'm sorry" to you and others.  Search my life and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me to repentance.  Thank you that you refresh my life with forgiveness flowing from your cross, instead of condemning me when I admit my sins. AMEN

"The greatest encouragement toward repentance is the knowledge that God loves to forgive."