Repentance is not a popular conversation starter or an exciting topic at a dinner party. I'm not hearing tons of sermons preached on the subject....too bad for us. I say "too bad for us" because repentance is a wonderful act. The stirring in our hearts to repent is brought to us by "God's kindness" according to Romans 2:4. Isn't it just like God to use His kindness to draw us to humble ourselves and admit our sin? God knows if we welcome a spirit of repentance into our life we will stay true to His heart and His desires.
Repentance keeps the pathway between us and God free of clutter and confusion. When we are searching our heart and asking God to reveal any sin so we can deal with it, God is then able to move freely in our life. There is nothing hindering Him. God is free to speak to us because our ears are attentive to His voice. There is room in our lives for miracles to happen when our life is lined up perfectly with His will and our hearts are clean. What a motivation to repent when needed!
Repentance also invites humility to be a huge part of our life. In fact, one does not work without the other. Repentance requires humility to be present. If you are like me and struggle with the sin of pride....then welcoming a spirit of repentance into my life ushers in humility at the same time. When I repent for pride in my life...as I repent, I can feel pride leaving and being replaced with humility. This is such relief for my soul.
Repentance keeps our very real need for Christ in front of us. There is no substitute for His forgiveness and holiness being poured out upon us as we live a repentant life.