Romans 2::4 “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”
When Daniel prayed and fasted in Daniel chapter 9, he made confession and repented for the sins of the people. He stated that “we” have sinned, “we” have done wickedly and rebelled, “we” departed from the Word of God, “we” have not listened to those God sent to us, “we” have been unfaithful and have not obeyed God. God allowed Israel to experience the consequences of their sin but did not give up on them or cast them aside. He loved them too much to do that!
Daniel knew that repentance could restore God’s people to their right standing with Him because God was good, forbearing and longsuffering (patient). He loved His children. The Word of God says that sin separates us from God… builds walls between us and God. Repentance can bring down those walls that sin constructed and restore us in our relationship to God.
God is good (all the time)! Is that goodness (His care and love for you) leading you to a place of repentance today? Take a deep look. Is there a part of your life that does not align itself with God’s Word? Has sin taken a place in your heart? If so, take advantage of the goodness of God… confess your sin to Him and repent. God loves you and has been patient and waiting for you to come to Him in repentance. As you do, ask His help to now turn from those things and turn to God. He has much to do in you and through you. He has great plans and purposes for your life! Don’t take for granted his forbearance and patience, but know that today he is good and that goodness is leading you to experience the refreshing and new beginnings that come from repentance!