Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Genesis 22:1-24; Job 25:1-26:14; Matthew 12:1-21

Repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:15

One of the first words that Jesus used when setting out on His public ministry was “repent”. The very essence of the Gospel is the idea of repentance. It means to turn around. To leave sin and to be devoted in faith to the Lord Jesus. It was John Bunyan who wrote, “Godly repentance does not only affect the soul with the loathsome nature of sin that is past, but fills the heart with godly hatred of sins that may yet come”. Repentance means we loathe sin and do our utmost to not indulge it in any form. Righteousness should be the hallmark of the Christian. —Paul Young

Repent before the Judge draws nigh;
Or else when He comes down,
Thou wilt in vain for earthquakes cry,
To hide thee from His frown. —John Newton