• Receiving God’s Forgiveness

    Revelation 12:7-12

    God the Holy Spirit does not accuse us; He convicts us and comforts us. That means that conviction by the Spirit will be followed by a sense of peace and cleanliness. If we have confessed our sins and still feel ...Read More

  • The Only Cure Is Forgiveness

    1 John 1:8-9

    Our sin is worthy of infinite punishment, but the good news of the gospel is that our Lord is infinitely merciful toward His people. He does not hold anything back when He forgives us, but He lavishes His grace upon ...Read More

  • Unable to Pray

    Matthew 18:21-35

    If we look at other world religions, we see all manner of rituals designed to help individuals repay their debt to the Creator. But all these acts can offer is false hope. We cannot hope to repay the infinite debt ...Read More

  • What Do You Do with Your Guilt?

    Romans 3:23

    We will see in the days ahead that only Christianity can offer a guilty person peace with God because only Christianity has an atonement. Today the question we must all ask ourselves is what to do with our guilt. If ...Read More

  • The Church in Rome

    Romans 1:5–7

    Faith and repentance go hand-in-hand. To turn to the Lord in faith is to turn away from trust in oneself and in one’s own righteousness. Repentance is this turning, and it is a command of God in Scripture (Acts ...Read More

  • Zechariah’s Call for Judah’s Return

    Zechariah 1:1-6

    The opening verses of Zechariah’s book contain warnings to the people for breaking the law, warnings that prompted the people to show repentance. When God warns His people of their sin, that is always His goal, namely, their repentance ...Read More

  • God’s People Fail to Repent

    Daniel 9:1-19

    Daniel’s prayer that God would not forget His promises of restoration is not based on the inherent goodness of the people but purely on the Lord’s mercy (Dan. 9:1–19). He asked God not to deal with ...Read More

  • God’s Mercy Toward the Wicked

    Ezekiel 33:1–20

    Ezekiel could not win with his original audience. They started out as fatalists who believed that the exile meant God had no desire to forgive them. Then, when Ezekiel told them that they were wrong and that the Lord did ...Read More

  • The Just Mercy of the Lord

    Ezekiel 18

    God does not visit the sins of our parents upon us if we repent and turn from them. That is, we only bear the wages of our parents’ sins if we make these sins our own. The Lord is pleased ...Read More

  • A Call to Repentance

    Jeremiah 3:6–4:4

    All sin breaches our relationship with God, but we must never think that the Lord will refuse us if we humble ourselves and return to Him with true contrition. He longs to take us back, and His willingness to forgive ...Read More

  • The Call for Repentance

    Joel 2:12–27

    True repentance is confidently grounded in what God says about Himself in His Word, but it expresses itself in humility toward Him. We come before our Creator with confidence that He is faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 ...Read More

  • The Army of the Lord

    Joel 2:1–11

    John Calvin comments on Joel 2:1–11, reminding us that its final end is not to preach judgment for judgment’s sake but to warn people to turn from sin: “The object of the narrative, then, is to make ...Read More

  • The Lord of Grace, Mercy, and Justice

    Isaiah 30:18

    God must give us new hearts if we are to repent (Eph. 2:8–10). But once these hearts are ours, we must turn to Him for salvation both from His wrath and our enemies. He will deliver us if ...Read More

  • Reasoning with the LORD

    Isaiah 1:18–31

    Isaiah 1:18 is a great promise indeed, assuring us that no matter how much sin has stained our souls, God can cleanse us completely and make us stand before Him as His holy people. But for this to happen ...Read More

  • Jonah’s Anger

    Jonah 4

    Jonah’s depression over the death of a plant (Jonah 4:5–9), Dr. R.C. Sproul tells us, means that the prophet cared more about plants than about people. Jonah forgot that no sinner deserves God’s forgiveness—even ...Read More