Acts 3:19 Refreshing Times Can Come

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, Acts 3:19

In the fast paced busyness of society in today’s times, many people are desiring to be refreshed. They want to be able to relax and have a good time and enjoy life.

The world often looks to drugs, things or doing something to give them the refreshing they desire. All of these things are temporary and will often fail in providing what is desired. People end up more tired afterwards, than before.

After a man was healed, Peter tells the people to repent and turn to God. This is so that they may have times of refreshing from God.

Once a person is done working a long, hard day, he will often take a shower, put on clean clothes and some deodorant to freshen up. He wants himself to be made presentable to others again.

While this works great on getting the outside freshened up a bit, it does not always freshen up the inside spirit of the person. Inside the heart and mind, a person is often under much turmoil and stress. It can still feel dirty.

The first step to feeling refreshed on the inside is to repent of any sins. This is to be truly sorry for what was done wrong against God or any person. It is to turn away from doing any sin at all.

Then a person must turn to God for the inner cleansing of the heart and mind. Only Jesus can cleanse a person from sin, since He paid the price for sin–death.

Once these two steps are done, God can come into a person and bring a spiritual refreshing to the mind and soul, despite the difficulties and troubles of life.

You may be tired and worn out from your day-to-day challenges of life and work. You want to be refreshed, but are not sure how to get it. Nothing that you try hits it correctly.

Start with repentance of sins and turning to God. Allow God to give you the life that you need to be refreshed and strengthened from day to day.

Sin will weigh you down and destroy you. Repentance allows God to remove the sin and build you up with a refreshing, abundant eternal life.

Are you willing to give Him a chance?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of any sins you have done against God; that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you of all sins; and that you will allow God to refresh your mind and soul.

Luke 17:3-4 Be Willing To Forgive

So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17:3-4

Many people in the world look for ways to get revenge against someone who did them wrong. They do not seek reasons to forgive, but to punish.

People feel as if they have the right to get vengeance for things done wrong. The more the punishment, the more pleased they are.

Jesus tells the people to be willing to forgive someone. If a person sins, he is to be rebuked, then if he repents, he is to be forgiven, regardless of how many times he sins in a day.

Forgiving someone is something many people in the church struggle with doing. They will act as the world does in wanting a person punished rather than forgiven.

It begins when a person sins or hurts one and that person does not reach out to point out what occurred. The one who did wrong is not given a chance to repent, and then when he does repent, he is often not forgiven. Just like the world, many seek vengeance rather than forgiveness.

Every believer must remember how many times Jesus has already forgiven them for all their sins against Him. God never turns away or rebukes someone who has repented, He forgives immediately.

If Jesus is willing to forgive, every believer must be willing to forgive those who repent of doing something wrong. Only if a person does not repent, does a believer not have to forgive.

Forgiving someone shows God’s love to that person and to others watching. It is revealing who God and what He is like.

Just like Jesus was sinned against, there have been people who have sinned against you. Be willing to go to that person and point out what was done wrong. Give the person a chance to repent, just as God gives you opportunities to repent.

If the person repents, then be willing to forgive them, just as Jesus has forgiven you. Do not hold on to bitterness, anger and vengeance against someone, but release it to God.

Remember how many times God has already forgiven you and will continue to forgive you when you repent. Do the same to others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength to confront those who have harmed you; that you will have God’s love to forgive those who repent; and that you will be a testimony of God’s love and forgiveness to others.

Matthew 3:1-2 Time To Repent

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:1-2

Warnings come all the time, everywhere a person goes. Most warnings are to alert a person of danger ahead. Most often it is a physical danger that is physically ahead.

Some people either do not see the warning signs or just ignore them and fall into dangerous situations that harm them or even kill them. Others heed the warning signs and take caution to avoid the danger.

John the Baptist comes on the scene telling everyone to repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.

When most people hear about the kingdom of heaven, they think of peace, joy, and no suffering. While these are true aspects of heaven that most will desire, most will ignore the requirement to get into heaven.

God is a perfect and holy God who cannot be around sin. Since He cannot be around sin, He demands that His followers become sinless. Once man has sinned, there is no way for himself to become sinless.

Jesus has provided the way by dying upon the cross and paying for all those sins. All a person has to do is repent of those sins and follow Jesus.

Just as in the time of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven is near. Jesus is very close to returning to bring an end to this world and bring judgement upon all mankind.

Knowing this, today is the day to repent of all sins. God is waiting, ready and able to forgive of all sins. He does not anyone to die in their sins and miss out on heaven and eternity with Him.

Every person needs to repent of all sins today, while there is still time.

The call that John the Baptist had for the Israelites still holds for you today. God’s kingdom is even nearer today than it was during his time.

If you have not done so already, today is the day to repent of all sins. Turn away from all sin and follow Jesus with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Do not allow another day to pass without repentance. God has great things in store for you in this life and for all eternity, if you will follow Him with all of your life.

Repent for Jesus may return today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all your sins; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; and that you will look forward to the return of Jesus.