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Genuine Repentance.

Key Verse

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Text — 1 John 1:5-10


Jesus once told a story of two men, one was a very proud man who went into the temple completely certain that he was much better than everyone else. The second man entered the temple so aware of his guilt that he hoped nobody would notice him. The man was so ashamed of his sinfulness that he could not lift up his eyes to heaven.

While the proud one was busy beating his chest and telling God all his achievements, the second person told God he was sorry for his wrongdoings. He genuinely repented and received pardon and cleansing for his sins. He then went back home rejoicing. This is the only way to receive the salvation that guarantees eternal life with Jesus.

Are you a sinner? Do not be a proud sinner. There is nothing to be proud of in doing evil. No one will give you a prize or trophy for doing evil. You must make up your mind to sincerely repent so as to receive forgiveness. Now bow your head before God. Tell Him you are sorry for doing bad things. Confess to Him everything you have done wrong. Ask for forgiveness and cleansing of your heart and life with the blood of Jesus. Ask Jesus into your heart as your personal Saviour and Lord.

Further Reading

 Luke 18:9-14

Prayer for today

Lord, forgive all my sins and help me to live a holy life.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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