Devotional: Acts 3:19 (NKJV)

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Devotions, Repentance

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

We have often thought of a life without physical pain, shame and guilt. We are often wracked with a sense of dread when we think back on our past. Many are in denial but in the dark hours before sun rise when we can’t sleep, we can almost be assured that it’s regret that keeps us awake.

God allows us to feel physical pain to tell us that we are damaging our body. Shame and guilt are His mechanisms for telling us that we are damaging our souls. We have all damaged both let’s be honest. But God is the great promise keeper and He has promised that repented of sin is forgotten. It no longer needs to be a burden.

In Acts 3:19, Peter delivers a powerful message to the crowd gathered after the healing of a lame beggar. He urges them to repent and turn to God, promising that their sins will be forgiven and they will experience times of refreshing in the presence of the Lord.

Repentance is a theme woven throughout the Bible. It’s a call to turn away from our sinful ways and turn towards God. It involves a change of heart and mind, a recognition of our need for forgiveness, and a commitment to follow God’s ways. Repentance isn’t just about feeling sorry for our sins; it’s about taking action to change our lives and align them with God’s will.

When we repent and turn to God, amazing things happen. Our sins are forgiven, and we are reconciled with our Creator. We experience the cleansing and freedom that come from being in right relationship with Him. And perhaps most importantly, we find refreshment in His presence. In a world that often leaves us weary and burdened, God offers us rest and renewal. He restores our souls and gives us strength to face whatever challenges may come our way.

Reflection Questions:

  • What does repentance mean to you personally? How have you experienced the transformative power of repentance in your own life?
  • In what areas of your life do you need to repent and turn to God? Take some time to reflect on any habits, attitudes, or actions that may be drawing you away from Him.
  • How can you cultivate a deeper sense of God’s presence in your life? Consider practical steps you can take to prioritise time with Him and seek His refreshing presence daily.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Papa God.Thank you for the gift of repentance and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to recognise the areas of our lives where we need to repent and turn to you. Give us the strength and courage to make the necessary changes and to walk in obedience to your will. May we experience the refreshment that comes from being in your presence, and may it sustain us as we journey through life. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

As you reflect on this passage, may you be encouraged to embrace the call to repentance and experience the refreshing presence of God in your life.

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