SATURDAY 4TH MARCH, 2017
THEME: REPENTANCE (2)
TEXT: LUKE 13:1-5; ACTS 3:14; 26:20
HYMN: EMHB 326 – Sinners, obey the gospel word
In our society today, as in the days of Jesus, the death of any individual is attributed to his or her past or present sin. Hardly can one be believed to have died a natural death. The kind of death one dies is attributed to the gravity of sin or wickedness he or she has committed. However, that is not always true.
Jesus, on hearing about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices, emphasized on the need for repentance. Repentance is having a rethink about a decision or one’s way of life. It is turning away from sin and Satan and turning to God. It is being sorry for your sin and accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.
Repentance is both vertical and horizontal. It is expressing sorrow for sin committed against God and against your fellow man or woman, husband or wife, brother, sister, friend and even against your parents. When sins are confessed and forsaken, God in heaven hears and forgives us. Repentance brings Salvation, a new heart and spirit and the assurance of eternal life. God, this day, has given you another opportunity to have a rethink on the issue or issues at hand–in your marriage, career, relationship with God and your fellow brothers and sisters. Make the best of your opportunity today. You may not have it tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation. Turn to Christ now and be saved.
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
PRAYER: Have mercy on me, Oh Lord, and forgive all my sins in Jesus’ name.