Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Comfort Of Repentance

There is pleasure with God, and what feels good is often what you should follow. What does this mean? The bible says, "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in You." Is. 26 Perfect peace is a wonderful feeling, and the result of ending the agony of guilt. The bible also says, "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

By searching for the peace that comes from being right with God, we get right with God, we confess our sins and are cleansed. This brings us into a place of rest, of comfort.

Condemnation can bring unrest and lack of peace. Once we have confessed our sins we can know that we are right with God and can throw off condemnation - that voice that accuses us even when we are right with God. This brings us into a place of rest and comfort.

I'm adding Psalm 32 because of Ben's comment:

<< Psalm 32 >>
New American Standard Bible ©
Blessedness of Forgiveness and of Trust in God.
A Psalm of David. A Maskil.

1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!
3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.

5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin.

6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
9 Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.


Uncle Ben said...

Related to this topic, I've always loved Psalm 32. When I was deep in sin it really stood out as a beacon of hope.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Ben, I'll look it up.