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A Call To Repentance

Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us;
he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.

After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.

Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises, he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:1-3 NIV)

This call evidently came through the lips of the prophet. And from all that follows, it appears that they repented not, but the time will come as a nation these words will be literally fulfilled (Jeremiah 30:17). Let us think of these wonderful words in the light of the New Testament teaching.

 

The Need for Repentance

They were “torn” and “smitten” (v.1). Torn and tortured with their own wretchedness, and smitten with defeat and failure, and all this as the result of the Divine Providence, because of their unbelief. There is a need for repentance on our part when we are torn with anxieties and smitten with shameful defeat in our work for the Lord. He knows how much there is in us that needs to be torn up and smitten down. Such as selfishness and pride.

 

The Manner of Repentance

“Return unto the Lord.” To return implies a backsliding condition. The repentance that does not bring us right back into the Lord is a repentance that needs to be repented of. The proof of the prodigal’s repentance was in the fact that he arose and came to his father. Repentance is a “saving grace” only when it brings us to God in humility of heart, and it may be, with a trembling trust. The Divine arms are ever extended in loving welcome to the truly penitent soul. It is with Him we have to do at such a time, not with an earthly priest.

 

The Results of Such Repentance

“He will heal and He will bind us up” (v. 1). Our diseased hearts and torn hopes will be healed and bound up. “He healeth all our diseased” and “bindeth up the broken heart.” They have repented deeply who live in the joy of this spiritual health and wholedome.

 

 

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