The mercy of God is not fully manifested in an un-repented heart; in that condition is impossible to experience joy and peace. However, the grace of God causes us to repent. It is repentance that releases the mercies of God; it is that mercy that gives us a new day, a renewed hope and a new opportunity to get things right with God. Repentance can’t be faked! Repentance is a phenomenon that happens straight in the center of our hearts. In return, God releases His compassion upon you according to Psalm 51:17 as He reminds Himself that a broken and contrite heart, He will never despise.
God is not going to bless our un-repented hearts; however, once we have indeed repented, even as we must follow some consequences as God expressed His love by disciplining us, before God we become totally innocent by the blood of Jesus as if we have never sinned. This is a concept that is totally misunderstood by the world and many times totally misunderstood by the church also. God is merciful, He can’t be mocked (Galatians 6:7) so don’t worry; no one will get away with murder as we say. But when God releases His mercy, it is our responsibility to flow and rejoice in that mercy given to our brothers and sisters. As a matter of fact, we are called to give mercy; it is a condition for our receiving mercy. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Also, even as we have an individual responsibility as Christians to confront sin, we must do it according to and in the spirit of Galatians 6:1
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”
I know that as I write these words many of you are bound by the sins of your past. You repented; you are forgiven, but you have yet to forgive yourself. To make matters worse, in some of our own Christians denominations they have “X” you for life. Today the Lord wants me to tell you that as long as you have breath, it is not too late. The Lord wants me to tell you to start dreaming and allow yourself to hope again. The Lord is saying at this hour:
Get up! Answer the call I have for your life; use your gift for my glory and for the service of my people for in Romans 11:29 I declared through my servant Paul: “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
Today I hear the Lord saying that He has not changed His mind about you; that you are not an accident…GET UP!