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‘…He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap.’ Malachi 3:2 NKJV

Soap cleanses the outside, fire cleanses the inside. And the Spirit of God does both! When you sin, repent! In-depth repentance brings in-depth cleansing. Don’t feel bad about feeling bad, feel good about it. Be glad your conscience is still sensitive and responsive to God. What you never want to hear God say is what He said about Ephraim: ‘Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone.’ (Hosea 4:17 NKJV) The fact that God is convicting you of sin is proof of His love for you. God can forgive your sin but He cannot overlook it. Unconfessed sin disrupts your fellowship with Him. Forgiveness is about more than just escaping the penalty of sin, it’s about restoring your fellowship with God. You say, ‘Won’t God get tired of me sinning and repenting?’ If Jesus told Peter to forgive his brother ‘seventy times seven’ would He do less for you? The Bible says: ‘Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’ (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV) When you sin and try to hide from God you only prolong your misery. So the moment you become aware of your sin, confess it, then leave His presence confident that He has forgiven you. You’re not a loser, you’re a learner. Alexander Pope said: ‘A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.’

SoulFood: 2 Kings 24-25, Matt 26:65-75, Ps 72:12-20, Pr 9:7-9

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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