The love of God can never be measured. Nevertheless, Paul prays in Ephesians 3:17-19, “that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be ABLE to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to KNOW the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
1 John 4:19 says, “We love, because He first loved us.” As we begin to comprehend the infinite greatness of God’s love, we start getting rooted and grounded in love.
In consideration of God’s saving love, we need to reflect on how we should repent of the sins that we commit. As children of God, who cares that they have offended the LORD who loves them and died for them — taking all of their sins upon Himself?
Who cares that they have offended their Creator who is faithful, pure, holy, and ALMIGHTY — our Judge?
Too often when a person “repents”, they are sorry only for themselves as they are suffering the consequences of their own sinfulness. But, WHEN will there be sorrow for offending the living God Almighty? Our repentance often centers only on our selfish worldliness. We care only that WE are suffering consequences.
We need godly repentance. Paul describes godly repentance in 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
Just think. A person will never regret coming to a sorrow over the putrid ugliness of all their sins — even the hidden ones. Why? Because that causes us to fall on the LORD’s mercy and His holy promise to forgive all who come to Him. Forgiveness, in turn, causes faith and love for our Savior to grow.
That “sorrow of the world” that “produces death” is the kind of sorrow we should fight off with all our might. We are all prone to having the “sorrow of the world”, which only condemns us to hell, because it is selfish, proud and egotistical.
The “sorrow of the world” is described in the life of Esau in Genesis, chapters 25, 27 and 28. A short summary is in Hebrews 12:15-17, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.”
Esau had a root of bitterness causing him to despise his birthright. In short, he scorned God’s promises. His on-going pride made him a godless person. Esau disregarded God for so long that his heart became hardened with arrogance. Then when he realized he had lost his blessing, he was sorry for himself and cried buckets of selfish tears. But, in all those tears, he found no place for repentance. He still was not sorry that he offended God. He was only sorry he lost his blessing. Such arrogance is a tragedy. It hardens bitter hearts.
In our daily confession before God, let us look at His almighty majesty, His love, His wise plan of salvation through the blood of Jesus and be sorry when we offend such a wondrous LORD. Accept the blood of Jesus as the only cleansing for sins.
There isn’t anything we can do to wash away our sins, hide them or get rid of them. Only the blood of Jesus can make us holy in God’s eyes. We can’t afford to be proud trying to stand before the throne of God. We’ve got to learn to recognize the love of God, so we may be filled with Him and live eternally with Him. Godly repentance in love……. just what our Heavenly Father wants.
We’ll never fully appreciate the love of God until we have godly repentance. When we have godly repentance, we will abide in God and He will abide in us. Then we can be filled with the fullness of God. How wonderful! Hallelujah!
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.