Let it Rain
There is more to repentance than sorrow.
We always associate repentance with sorrow, shame, and serious self abasement for wrong doing.
But there is more.
There is the joy that comes afterwards.
While true sorrow for sins is a definite component of true repentance, we sometimes make it such a dreary and dreaded thing, that we fail to make clear the joy that comes as a result of it.
Suddenly a clean slate.
All is forgiven.
Deliverance cannot come without repentance.
And repentance cannot be complete unless there is the joy of forgiveness.
It is like standing in the rain, with arms outstretched, receiving what the sky has to offer.
Everything is washed away.
No more shame .
No more guilt.
No more secrets.
No more fear.
With forgiveness there is peace.
As we examine our conscience, we should look for sins with the desire to be free from them.
The freedom will bring the happiness we have been looking for.
So facing our sins will ultimately bring joy.
As we witness to others about repentance unto salvation, this is important to remember as well.
The lost will be quicker to repent if they look past the dread, the guilt, and the embarrassment, and see the joy and peace that is waiting for them.
Repentance and salvation is more than avoiding hell.
It is the path to wonder, and peace, and joy, and freedom.
Repent and rejoice!
Let it rain His grace and glory upon you!