The entire life of believers is to be one of repentance. – Martin Luther


Did you wake up this morning, trying real hard to recall your dream because it was one of debauchery and fantasy and you want nothing more than to escape your current situation of poor reality?

You can repent of that.

Did you spend time scrolling through social media before filling your soul with God’s Word, or spending time in prayer?

You can repent of that.

Did you curse the man who did not use his blinker on his nice new car, or the woman who was texting who swerved into your lane?

You can repent of that.

Did you excuse your behavior away because you did not have a cup of coffee this morning?

You can repent of that.

Did you allow your own agenda to supersede that of anyone else’s on the road because you didn’t have the discipline to wake up on time?

You can repent of that.

Did you walk in to work with a mind that is set on finding everything wrong with so and so, so that you may have something to talk to your friend about at lunch?

You can repent of that.

Did you fall into the same old pattern of checking out every woman who walked into the office or Starbucks? Or lingering just a little bit longer on the post from that guy you sometimes thinks flirts with you?

You can repent of that.

Did you respond in anger at your child because of how they inconvenienced your selfish plan for the perfect day of folding that mountain of laundry?

You can repent of that.

Did you yell at your spouse for leaving the toilet seat up again, even after you’ve told him so many times?

You can repent of that.

Did you feel full in the middle of your meal, but push through because you couldn’t possibly ask for a to-go box, and so now you feel like you will explode?

You can repent of that.

Did you judge that lady or that guy in your head, and said something in your head that even you can’t believe you said?

You can repent of that.

Did you feel the slight pull to speak to your friend about Jesus, but cowered back in fear?

You can repent of that.

Did you speak too harshly to that guy who you know is extremely immature, but you just lost patience in the moment?

You can repent of that.

Did you have any unclean thought at all today? In the past hour? Minute?

You can repent of that.

The great grace of God is that in our everyday sin and failures (because both happen every single day), we have every opportunity to turn to Jesus for mercy and forgiveness.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

The entire life of believers is to be one of repentance and since we know just how often we do sin and need to repent, we know that this must be true.

Why is repentance an all-of-life ordeal? Because sin is an all-of-life ordeal.

May the intoxicating joy of the Lord expose our lesser joys as being false and empty, and lead us to faith in our turning to Jesus in every moment.

– Jacob Simmons, Family Pastor