Repentance Restores Our Fellowship with God

December 21, 2012 | Tags: ,

As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent. Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.

Revelation 3:19-20

I have experienced some whoppers of discipline from God in my day. They are painful and heart-wrenching. But it took me a long time to see the connection between God’s love for me and His discipline of me. I couldn’t see it during the time, but now, amazingly, I’m so grateful for them.

The writer of Hebrews says, “No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:11). What I came to realize is that my brokenness before God opened the door to experience a deep fellowship with Him. When I came to Him, confessed my sin, and repented of my actions (repent means to think differently), I felt a surge of peace and joy as God restored me to Himself.

Jesus is using the painful experiences of discipline in our lives to turn our attention to Him. He is standing at the door, knocking, waiting for us to open the door to fellowship with Him. When we acknowledge our sin before a Holy and Righteous God, He can forgive us and restore us to Him. As we continue walking with Him, we begin to see a pattern of confession and restored fellowship. Oh that we all would be addicted to confession that produces fellowship because it feels so good to be at peace with God!

By Courtney Silberman

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