Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What a gift!

Here are a few verses to cure all ungratefulness. Notice the common theme:

Acts 5:31, "God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins"

Acts 11:18, "When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life."

2 Timothy 2:25, "...correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth..."

Phil. 1:29, "For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake"

How often we dare to presume our autonomy and prerogative to repent. What a cure for pride and staleness in our walks with Christ. God grants repentance.  In Acts 11:18, they glorified God because of this grace, not despite it. What a gift!
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