The Main \”R\”

Hosea 6:1?3 (1)

The comic clip shows young George Washington with an axe in his hands.  He is standing next to what used to be a cherry tree.  Now it is lying prone on the ground.  George’s father is standing next to him and it is clear to see that the man is exasperated.  The caption reads, “All right George, you admitted it.  Now, when are you going to stop doing it?”

Jimmy had trouble pronouncing the letter “R.”  His teacher hoping to help him gave him a sentence to practice at home.  By the end of the week he was to stand in front of the class and repeat the sentence:  “Robert gave Richard a rap in the rib for roasting the rabbit so rare.”  The day of reckoning finally arrived and Jimmy was told it was his time to recite his lesson for the week.  He arose and rattled his sentence off without a hitch.  “Bob gave Don a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough.” 

It seems that many people go to great lengths to avoid the “R” word.  They may admit that they have done wrong but they will do anything to try to change what God’s Word says they must do as a result of their confession.  To say I am sorry may take some courage but to alter your pattern of living consistent with your confession takes character and commitment. 

To repent does not mean to say, “I’m sorry.”  Repentance means to change the direction of your life so that you are living a life that is pleasing to God.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

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