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The Weight of Repentance | DAY FOUR

SCRIPTURE READING

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall away — it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. “And if your hand causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and go to hell, the unquenchable fire.  And if your foot causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.  And if your eye causes you to fall away, gouge it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt should lose its flavor, how can you season it? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another.””

Mark 9:42-50 CSB

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
What is repentance? As children we are taught to say “I’m sorry,” but real repentance is so much more than good manners. The word means to turn away, to change direction, an about face. Jesus adds that to repent also means being willing to sacrifice anything that is leading us away from God. There is a weight to true repentance, one we must take seriously. It is neither easy nor trivial. “Repent and believe the gospel” - (Mark 1:15)

PRAYER FOCUS:
Let us ask God to reveal what in our life is causing us to wander away from him. Pray that we can truly turn away and turn towards Him with joy.