Kingdom Corner: The Repentant Heart
All people have sinned against the Lord, but our gracious God accepts the repentant heart and forgives. But what does a repentant heart really entail? In this week’s Kingdom Corner, we will look at the signs of the repentant heart.
Anguish of Spirit
The first sign of the repentant heart is the groaning of the Holy Spirit inside your soul. This is a feeling that you can’t mistake. You will feel guilt and sadness over your sinful ways. It will feel like a heavy burden. The anguished Spirit will move you to make amends for your ways, both to God and to your life. You will want to stop your behaviors that led to your downfall. While the feeling is not something you will like, it is part of having the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. Have you ever said something you later regretted? The guilt and embarrassment you felt afterward is the same feeling you will get when you have grieved the Spirit. It’s meant to help you correct your life and behavior. It’s basically that once you have been blessed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you will have a new nature about you that is soft, kind, forgiving, and compassionate. When you go against that, you will know. It will feel almost foreign. That is the Spirit of God working through you! It’s a blessing to receive the Holy Spirit’s counsel.
There are those that go through the motions of asking for forgiveness only to go right back out and perform the same sinful acts. This type of forgiveness is not worthy of the Cross. If you don’t feel a repentant spirit over what you have done, don’t ask for forgiveness until you do. God knows our hearts, and He can see right through a person’s façade. Just remember that where you sowed your seeds, your harvest will follow. The consequences of your actions affect more than just your soul.
Don’t think that just because you may struggle with a certain temptation time and again that you are not forgiven. God understands our troubles because He was here on earth and was tempted. God is quick to forgive the repentant heart, even if that person still has sinful habits. It is our duty to try to better ourselves for the sake of holiness as that is what God wants from us, but he knows we are made of dust, and we are apt to fall. Isn’t it great that we have such a merciful Father?When it comes to repentance, pray for guidance. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where in your life that you have fallen short and He will show you. You will find that you hear yourself, see yourself through God’s eyes. Your behaviors will become more noticeable. You will become aware of the way you speak to others. Your whole life will slowly begin to change when you ask the Holy Spirit to give you the repentant heart and help you become the best version of yourself that you can be.