“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19
(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Nehemiah 11-12 & Psalm 1 & Acts 3)
Today’s chosen verse is part of Peter’s second sermon.
This verse is direct and to the point.
We start by recognizing that we are sinners.
This sin recognition necessitates that we have to do something about it. Peter says to, “repent.” Admit our wrongness. Own up to our waywardness.
After that we turn to God in order to get rid of our sins. To get them blotted out. How does this work? Our sins have after-life ramifications. Heaven is out of our reach because we’re sinful and God is sinless. Because of this we can’t be in the after-life where He is. BUT GOD had his Son Jesus take the punishment our sins deserved by dying for us on the cross. Jesus’ death satisfied the punishment deserved by us and opened the way for us to spend our after-life with God.
Those who believe they are sinners separated from God and who also believe that Jesus died for their sins are saved from the consequences of their sins forever.
A future with God is described as “refreshing.” No matter what is going on we have God, in the form of His Holy Spirit, with us. There is no more aloneness. We have someone to walk with through the rest of our lives. Certainly is refreshing to know that we have Someone with us forever.
“Lord, I love You. I thank You for leading me into becoming a believer. My sinfulness was a given. Your sacrifice for me is hard to fathom. Why You would care about someone like me is a great mystery. I thank You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit NOW, I beg.”
Are you acceptable to God?
+19 – Where is the effort to change?