After the boys did their chores, we met in the sala for our devotional. I said, “Yesterday, we wrote a sin on the kite that we wanted to let go.  Yet, repentance of sin is more than just letting it go.

First, we have to have remorse about our sin.  2 Corinthians 7:8-9, “Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it.  Though I did regret it – I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while – yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.  For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.”

The question we have to ask ourselves is, “Do we really feel bad for what we did?”  Maybe you are asking, “Why are you saying that?  I said I was sorry.”  The reason is because there are two types of sorrow.  A Godly sorrow and a worldly sorrow.  2 Corinthians 7:10, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

“Godly sorrow brings repentance.  We will hate what we did and our hearts will be torn because we have sinned against God and others.  Worldly sorrow is when we do not feel bad for what we did, but rather, that we got caught.

“When we repent, we confess our sins and turn from them.  We admit that what we did was wrong.  We separate from what caused us to sin, whether it is a person or a behavior.  We will desire to live for the Lord.

“After sorrow and repentance comes forgiveness.” Psalm 130:3-5, “If you, O Lord, kept a record of our sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.”

“He is faithful and will forgive us when we repent.”  1 John 1:9-10, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.”

“God is love.  God is forgiveness.  He desires for all to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

One of our boys had a court hearing today and went home. He had some difficulties while he was here, yet there was always a glint of hope.  Teaching our boys God’s word is like gardening.  We plant and water, but it is the Lord who causes growth.  His word is truth and He has taught us in Isaiah 55:8-11, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth:  It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Two of our boys went home, and the Lord gave us two more.  He gives us what we can handle and whom He desires.  We are grateful and blessed.

All His,

Lee and Candy

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