“Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” —Matthew 3:8
God’s call to repentance may not be an easy or pleasant experience. Sometimes He uses our own conscience to convict us. Other times He may allow us to “get caught.” He may even send someone to rebuke us. No matter how God deals with our sin, the important thing is to respond immediately.
The best time to respond to God in repentance is the moment we’re convicted of sin. The longer we delay, the more difficult it gets to humble ourselves and repent.
Jesus spoke about being quick to repent in Matthew 5: “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (vv. 23–24).
If God is calling you to turn away from sin, the time to respond is now. Will you humble yourself and allow Him to begin restoring you? Remember, He loves you, offers grace to cover any sin, and longs for you to walk in freedom and joy.
Make it Personal
Write a prayer responding to what God has shown you and confessing any need you have for repentance.