After my post on repentance, I thought it might be a good idea not to leave it there.  Repentance is only one aspect of a walk with God.  God does not sit in Heaven with lightning bolts ready to “get” the unrepentant soul, or even the backsliding, unrepentant Christian.  Once one has accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, repentance becomes a sort of daily, deeply felt way to keep that relationship with God open.

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God never moves — we do. Allowing unconfessed sin in our lives moves us away from Him and causes our relationship with Him to suffer.  Just as you want to keep accounts clear with a mate if you want your relationship to grow, you also keep accounts clear with God through daily repentance.  Keeping short accounts with Him allows you to relate to Him without the barriers of guilt unconfessed sin might cause.

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The 12 step program has a 4th step, wherein the addicted person lists all the ways they have hurt others.  From there, they attempt to make amends in every way possible.  This is a difficult, painful step, but vital in seeking recovery.  Once this step is done, that is not the end, however.  You have a daily accounting to keep accounts short.  Every day you assess any harm you have done others (or self) and make it right.  In other words, the person begins to take responsibility for his or her own actions on a daily basis.

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Daily repentance of the Christian is like the 10th step (not sure that’s the right one) inventory.  It takes responsibility for actions and makes them right with the Creator, allowing us to keep that relationship healthy and open.  Once again I mention that it is our own stuff that keeps us from God, but He is always there waiting until we figure that out.

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I don’t know if this makes sense to anyone but me, but I expect I’ll find out in the comments section. Rather than repentance being a part of the ritualistic, penance-filled life some Christians believe they must have, it frees us to really live and use that invitation to pull up to the banqueting table with our God. Remember the post about clogs? Our inability to take responsibility for our lives and actions clogs us spiritually. Repentance, keeping short accounts with God, unclogs those spiritual “arteries” and allows the blood, with life-giving nutrients, to flow once again.

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{Disclaimer:  I believe in eternal security.  Some may not have actually been saved, but once saved, always saved.  You can tell by their fruit.  Daily repentance of the Christian is NOT for salvation, it is to keep those spiritual arteries unclogged.  This article is not about the repentance of the lost.}

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“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; …”  Revelation 2:5

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  Revelation 3:19