Dear Prayer Partners,
January! The NEW YEAR! A time for New Year's resolutions and a fresh start! That is how the world views this time of year.
Unfortunately, New Year's resolution failure rates are dismally high even with the best of intentions. And sometimes, a resolution may not even touch the underlying issue. In our past dark things may have happened. People may have hurt us in ways they can never undo, damage great and permanent. Or we ourselves may have caused others hurt for which there is no restoration or repair. What benefit does a "new leaf" have? With the Apostle Paul we may say, "I do not understand what I do! For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do."
In the Scriptures, God speaks of repentance! Isaiah 30 announced: "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, ?in repentance and rest is your salvation, and in quietness and trust is your strength.'" In Ezekiel 18, we read, "For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone," declares the Sovereign Lord, "Repent and live!"
This month we will look at both repentance and God's assurance of forgiveness.
The Board and Staff of
Love in the Name of Christ