MONDAY 15TH MARCH, 2021
THEME: REPENT OR PERISH
PASSAGE: LUKE 13:1-5
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 13:5 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
HYMN: MHB 504 (18.104.22.168.8.8.) – LEAVE God to order all thy ways.
The word ‘repent’, according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, means to feel regret or contrition, “to feel sorrow,” to change one’s mind, to be PENITENT, to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life. PERISH means to become destroyed or ruined: cease to exist: DETERIORATE, SPOIL: to cause to die.
King David is a good example for us to look at because, though he sinned, and did evil things such as committing adultery and murder (2 Sam.11), he repented of his sins and was forgiven; One thing with David was that he never committed such sins again.
Yes, we are all capable of committing one sin or the other, even horrible ones. In contrast to those who are penitent, people with evil hearts are proud of their sins and delight in their evil way (Prov.2:14). 2Thess. 2:12 says, “that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
As, Christian believers, we must always be dead to sin and be alive unto God through Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:11). A Christian believer should not keep an evil heart, and neither should he/she allow Satan to use him/her because “the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour”(1 Pet.5:8). We must, therefore, not allow any part of our body to be at the devil’s disposal. We must at all times “submit ourselves to God and resist the devil and he will flee” (James 4:7).
Romans 3:23 states “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Therefore, we all need to repent in order not to perish at the end of our lives here on earth. Rev. 22:12 says “And behold I (Christ) come quickly and My reward is with Me to give every man (and every woman) according as his (or her) work shall be.” Brother/Sister, why should you perish?
PRAYER: God, forgive me all my sins, and give me the grace to live righteously here on earth that I may live with You in Paradise in heaven, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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