“For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. ” James 3:1-5.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we all fall short.
None of us is everything God calls us to be. James 3:2.
Repentance is the way-
– to deal with the next thing that God would change in you.
The follower of Christ presses hard after God-
– going after the joy found in an honest relationship with God.
Some of you have left a church where you used to worship.
Is everything right between you and the believers there?
Forget their failure!
Did you do and say what was right?
Or did you sow discord or cause division?
Today, deal with your part.
Ask God to forgive you and make it right.
Is your marriage cold?
Have things been left undone or unsaid?
Has your attention been elsewhere?
You’ve focused on your spouse’s failure; now look at your own.
This is first an issue between you and God.
Maybe you’ve cut a corner in your business dealings.
You’ve injured someone’s reputation and his or her career has been hurt.
Have you asked God to forgive you?
Have you asked that person to forgive you?
Maybe you struggle with a private sin.
God will forgive you if you sincerely repent.
You can go forward without this besetting sin.
It could start today.
How willing we are to repent reveals our sincerity in following Christ.
Who will join me in saying:
“I want to be right with God – whatever it takes; whatever it costs.”