Repentance – The Joy-Filled Life

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Repentance - the gateway to heaven! Repentance - the way home to the Father's heart and to overflowing joy! For what is repentance but the tailwind driving us into the open arms of the Father? A foretaste of heaven. A gift of the Holy Spirit. In answer to prayer, the Spirit falls afresh on us, breaking our hard and self-righteous hearts - only for God our Father and Maker to take those broken pieces into His hands and form a new vessel to His glory...

Blessed are they who their sins sore lament

for new life is given to those who repent,

by love is their nature transfigured.

Blessed are all who tread Jesus' own way,

twice blessed indeed with the joy of today

and glory awaiting in heaven.

If we want Jesus to draw near, there is only one way - repent! This is the call of the hour. Grace lies in store for those whose lives are marked by repentance. When Jesus comes in the clouds of heaven, He will gather them to Himself. They will be changed in an instant. Once humiliated, now they are exalted. Once they came weeping, wearing the garment of repentance. Now they wear the dazzling white wedding garment and, shining like the sun in the kingdom of their Father, they go in to celebrate the Wedding Feast (Matthew 13:43). The greater the threat of judgment, the greater our repentance needs to be and the greater our repentance, the greater the pardon and glory.

Repent! That is God's message to us in these end times. Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it (Luke+11:28; cf. Revelation 1:3; Revelation 22:7). Blessed are those who respond to God's offer of love. Here and now they will have a foretaste of heaven. More wonderful still, they will be prepared for their Lord, to celebrate with Him the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. "He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." (Revelation 22:20).

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