The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
'For all those things My Hand has made, and all those things exist,' says the Lord. 'But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My Word.
Contrition is 'deeply felt remorse.' (Collins English Dictionary). Consider Isaiah 66:2: 'On this one
thing I will look... a contrite spirit.' One thing? According to His Word, God sees and saves those with a contrite spirit. Therefore, contrition is a prerequisite for success.
If contrition is deeply felt remorse, Peter was contrite when he realized his denial of Christ. 'Peter remembered the Word of Jesus Who had said to him, 'Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.' So he went out and wept bitterly' (Matthew 26:75).
Although he made mistakes, Peter's contrition enabled him to become Christ's' chief disciple.
David was contrite when he realized his sin with Bathsheba:
'Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always
before me' (Psalm 51:1-3).
According to Bible scholar, Watchman Nee, 'God takes no pleasure in our repenting over and over again as though this were sufficient; rather does He wish us to live in perpetual contrition.'
Fellow saints: we must remain contrite, because contrition is one face of humility--and 'Whoever humbles himself shall be exalted' (Matthew 23:12).
God promotes people of contrition. Therein, contrition is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.