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Sunday, July 8, 2012

True and false repentance

Hosea 11:5 (ESV)
They shall not return to the land of Egypt, 
but Assyria shall be their king, 
because they have refused to return to me.

May God give us the desire to consistently return to him. There is the possibility of false repentance, that makes a show of returning to God because of some sort of difficulty. However, real repentance is not a desire to feel better, but a desire to be with God. That's a critical distinction. The Israelites were in  danger of experiencing God's judgement because, though at times they made a show of repenting, they were actually refusing to return to God.

May God grant us the ability to sense when we are moving away from him and be quick to fully return to him. Not to feel better, that's a side benefit, but to be with God. 

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