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Continuing to Cultivate Repentance

Meditation on a given subject is often furthered by looking at what older writers have written.  As I was thinking about “cultivating repentance”, I pulled a book of my shelf from one of those older writers and this is what I read:

What we all desperately need to see is that the love of a holy God is manifested covenantly at the cross.  In the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the Father promises to receive contrite sinners on a daily, no hourly basis.  The cross says: “No matter what your sins, unlimited mercy is available to those who turn to God through Jesus’ merits.” 

Thus at Calvary we behold the infinite nearness and compassion of the infinitely majestic god.  The Father in the gift of His Son has put Himself under eternal obligation to returning sons and daughters.  Having satisfied the demands of His own holy law, the Father must open His might arms and embrace every returning son and daughter. And he must do it every day.  He has promised to do it (Luke 15:11-32, 1 John 1:8-10) … but without sincere repentance there can be no face-to-face fellowship with the Father of lights …

True, we can affect a certain awe in our prayers as we tell the Lord that “we are not worthy of the least of all Thy mercies.”  Yet such praying does not get the fountain clean at its deepest source.  It says very little about particular sins which we commit daily and the root sins of pride, unbelief, and lust which clog up our lives …

Ask the Holy Spirit to make you willing to be searched by God (Ps. 139:23-24).  Do not expect the process of searching to be always painless and pleasant.  But you will begin to have the joy of a clear conscience and a deepening fellowship with Christ.  As you learn to thirst after Christ and drink of Him, you will find the living waters of the Holy Spirit flowing through you (John 7:37-39).  No longer will you be merely existing, you will be living and from you waters will overflow into other lives.”

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