Effectual Repentance

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, 1 Peter 2:11-3:7, Psalm 119:49-64, Proverbs 28:12-13

Daily Verse: “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Prov. 28:13

Effectual repentance.

Finding God’s mercy requires owning up to your sins. Concealing sin causes angst and turmoil, trying to hide them more trouble than confessing. Admitting wrongdoings and receiving God’s forgiveness brings an indescribable freedom you can’t find any other way.

Even though earthly consequences still exist for your actions, God’s mercy makes them easier to accept. And often, when you confess your sins, it lessens the punishment.

When I unintentionally hurt a friend at lunch with my words, I apologized. Not only did my confession restore the relationship, but it also lifted the guilt off my heart.

Sin comes with our human nature. As long as we walk the earth, we will fall short of perfection. But asking for mercy and confessing our sins will bring us back into right relationship with God, lift our hearts, and let His light shine to the world around us.

Don’t fret; confess and find freedom from the sins that plague you.

Lord, forgive us for not confessing our sins. Please help us become comfortable admitting our faults and receiving Your mercy. Keep us on the straight and narrow as we follow Jesus closely. IJNIP. Amen

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