Monday, May 26, 2014

On Repentance

Repentance is no taper-lit session
Nor a lip-service of pathetic pleas
It is acknowledgement and heart-confession
Wrought in the soul on remorse-bended knees

Repentance is no bitter pill we swallow
It is no sallow or smooth-spoken prayer
Truth will reveal by the actions that follow
Whether a heart of repentance was there

Only repentance truly seeks a Savior
Only forgiveness can absolve sin’s grief
Only the Lord vindicates our behavior
As we cry to Him in humble belief

There is no substitute that we can cling to
No scapegoat satisfies our self-defense
Grace and forgiveness restores hope within us
As God delights in our true repentance

© Janet Martin

 May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, "The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant." Psalms 35:27

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