Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 34)
Overcome: By Contrition
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret...
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV)
The tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
Luke 18:13 (NIV)
I am an experienced apologizer. People who know me well (especially my kids) will confirm my repetitive apologies. Often, my poor conduct comes by way of my mouth. Because passion can misfire if it's not well-aimed.
But one way or another, every saint still sins. If any one of you have had a flawless day, a day where you thought, spoke and acted perfectly, I suggest a careful reexamination. While our Blessed Redeemer may have us covered, sincere humility rests upon contrition.
A pattern becomes clear in the Old Testament: God's people would mess up, fess up and beg His help. Haven't we all had times of painful awareness? Times where we knew we had done some big things wrong, so we pleaded for God's forgiveness and mercy?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If repentance is a Bible theme, contrition is its opening act. Two Parables contrast two brothers:*
1) In The Parable of the Two Sons, son #1 refused his father, when told to go work in the vineyard. But he must have realized his sin, felt badly, turned around and did it. Son #2 pretended to go, but disobeyed and did not repent.
2) In the Parable of the Lost Son, also known as The Prodigal Son, the younger son made a selfish move. Later, he became filled with remorse. He turned around and was forgiven. The elder son had a narrow view along with a chip on his shoulder.
Dear Parents and Performers for Christ: Don't act like you've achieved perfection. It's neither true nor believable. It won't work with God or Hollywood. Confess your mistakes and try again. Satan can't stand against contrition.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of the Two Sons: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2021:28-32
* The Parable of the Lost Son: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11-32
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.