1 John 1: 9 If we confess our sins , He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Repentance is a fancy way of doing this (changing our bad behavior):
1. admit what we did (confess)
2. being sorry about what we did (repentance)
3. asking for forgiveness (being cleansed and released from)
It's pretty sad when a lot of us can admit what we do wrong, but we aren't really sorry about it and we don't really care to be cleansed/freed from it. Meaning we don't want to change.
All I can say is this, if you all knew my husband back during his teen years and you met him today, you would say, "OH MY!" Because he is a NEW CREATURE! He isn't even recognizable anymore. And I should know because I knew him at 16 and I know him now and just about everything about him is different. Not because of anything I did, but because he found out who Jesus really was and he decided to make a change in his life and follow Christ. He was truly sorry for his past and truly excited for a new life with Christ. And he gave up A LOT for the Lord. Not to get a pat on the back, not to hear how great he is, not to look better, but because he loves the Lord with all of his heart, he puts him first and that is that.
Have you ever heard someone apologize for something you knew they weren't really sorry about? And then not to soon later heard or watched them do that same thing again? That's because they weren't really sorry. True repentance means you have so much remorse over what you have done, you never want to do it again, and you choose not to.
This week let's pray that our husbands...
*are convicted of their sin
*humbly confess their sins before God
* turn away from their errors and cease to do it
2 Peter 3:9 God is "not willing that nay should perish but that all should come to repentance."
Remind your spouse how wonderful they are this week, at least 7 times!!!