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January 4 – We Seek Repentance and Forgiveness

Hi Church. Thanks for joining with me and others today as we lift our hearts to God in united prayer. We are to seek repentance and forgiveness. On that mighty day of Pentecost where Peter preached a powerful sermon, the people became convicted and asked what should they do in response? And Peter told them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38 NIV). In the Old Testament, two Hebrew words help us understand repentance. The first is the word nacham, which means to turn around or to change the mind. The second is the word sub. It is used over 600 times in the Old Testament and is translated by such words as “turn,” “return,” “seek,” “restore.” In the New Testament the Greek word for repentance is metanoia, which literally means “to change the mind.” And so when we put these word meanings together “Repentance” means to change your mind about something. As we seek repentance, turning our backs on sin, we receive the gift of forgiveness. What a precious gift forgiveness is. In your prayer now, seek repentance by saying sorry to our Lord and ask that He gives you the wisdom and strength to turn around.

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