Humble, contrite, cut to the heart

Isaiah 66:2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

To be “contrite of spirit” has the idea of lame or broken in spirit, similar to those at Pentecost (Acts 2:37) who were shattered over their sin.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

God looks favorably to such a posture.

Scott Stewart, in The Exemplary Husband, says:  “We never find the Scriptures saying, ‘Come on now, you’re thinking too poorly of yourself’ or ‘What you need is to consider yourself more’”

James 4:9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Discouragement over sin is a demeanor that is pleasing to God. You are blessed, in that it evidences you’re of the kingdom of heaven and under the grace of divine favor.

This divine favor is the HOPE we have in Jesus.  By God’s grace, we have confident assurance of our eternal salvation in Christ Jesus. The posture of repentance is the evidence of GRACE!

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