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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Contagious Repentance

June 4

(Jonah 3:5-10 NIV) ""The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. {6} When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. {7} Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh: "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. {8} But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. {9} Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish." {10} When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.""

(Galatians 3:6-7 NIV) ""Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." {7} Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.""

When Jonah preached God's word to the Ninevites, they believed God and visibly repented. They “gave up their evil ways” and “urgently called on the Lord”. Repentance is much more than just remorse. Repentance goes public with our sin. It may start in the heart, but it always shows itself in some way. God receives no glory from grudging, tight lipped, private repentance. When our pride squelches our testimony, we sow the seeds of our own defeat. God doesn’t want to just change us -- He wants to change the world through us. He wants our story of change to promote change in those around us. When repentance goes public, it can work like a virus, spreading until a whole nation is exposed. Repentance that remains inside the church walls is anemic and impotent. It cannot become what God desires until it escapes the church building and infects the culture. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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