Repent, Karla Rowley

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. - Ephesians 4:1-3

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. - Philippians 1:27a

The dictionary defines repent as: (verb) to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one’s life for the better.

I’ve known the need to repent multiple times. I’ve needed to make that course correction and turn from the unhealthy to the healthier.

Looking back over scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments, I see that repent is not a onetime activity. Over and over again in the Old Testament God offers the opportunity to make a course correction—and sometimes His people made the change. They were not immune to the cultures they inhabited however, and soon there was need to repent again.

This has been my experience as well. Many times I have failed to follow what I knew God wanted me to do — and many times I have repented. This is a process I expect I will experience until the end of my life. My prayer is that when my family and others see me fail—and get up again—they will also be strengthened and inspired.

I love how Jesus shares it in Luke 15—a shepherd looking for one lost sheep; a woman searching for a precious coin; and a father watching for the return of his beloved son—who finally repented and returned home.

Father, give us the strength and sense to recognize our need for repentance. Give us the eyes to see you watching for us to return. Amen

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