REPENTANCE AND WORSHIP (3) [JONAH 3:1-10]

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Today I will wrap up the role of repentance in true worship. If someone comes with a word of knowledge of a sin you are involved in, don’t deny it. Simply fall on your face (because God has brought mercy your way) and acknowledge that it is true. That means God loves you and is interested in you. God doesn’t bother to check you if He’s not interested in having mercy on you. If God plans to destroy a sinner, he will not send any word to him until he gets destroyed. It’s the one that He wants to have mercy upon that He exposes or sends a word to. 

The people of Nineveh repented. In verse 6 of our passage, “The word came in to the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him”. Eventually God repented. That is the power of repentance. When you go into rebellion, even if God has given you a fantastic prophecy before, He repents also to change it. That was what He did to Eli. In verse 10 above, “God saw their works that they turned from their evil way and God repented of the evil that he said he will do unto them”. 

True repentance is not just feeling ashamed or embarrassed when you are caught, it is when your heart smites you after doing something wrong. Don’t cover it up, or explain it. Repentance must be spontaneous; you should not be persuaded to repent. It’s a major part of worship. Learn to respond spontaneously. If you don’t respond spontaneously, you are not a worshipper and if you sing or say words, God will not look in your direction.

 

PRAYER: Lord, check my life and open my eyes to see everywhere I have fallen short. I lay my life bare before you in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

BIBLE IN A YEARDeuteronomy 5:1-6:25, Luke 7:11-35, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 11:29-31