Our Need for Repentance

by | Jun 3, 1999 | Repentance

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” – Acts 17:30

In September 1998, Daniel Crocker confessed to a murder he committed 19 years earlier. Nobody had tracked him down. His confession just came from the conviction God had placed on his heart. At the age of 38, with a wife and two young children, Crocker practiced what he had read in Proverbs 28:13, “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”

In 1979, Crocker had been on a three-day LSD high when he killed Tracy Fresquez, a 19-year-old female clerk at a convenience store. Few clues were left behind, and detectives admitted the case would have never been solved had Crocker not made his confession. Soon after that murder, Crocker realized he had to make serious changes in his life. He got involved in a church and started studying God’s Word.

By 1986, he married and they started a family. During the summer of 1998, Crocker and his wife came to agreement that he needed to confess his crime. Knowing that he would be imprisoned, his children tearfully begged him not to go. But Crocker, himself in tears, told them: “I have to do this. I’d be a hypocrite if I raised you by the Word of God and I didn’t [turn myself in].”

All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All of us need to confess and turn away from our sins. Do you feel the guilt of sin? Today in prayer, confess any sin in your life to the Lord and repent and follow Christ, no matter what the cost.

“One of the most fundamental marks of true repentance is a disposition to see our sins as God sees them.” – Charles Simeon

God’s Word: “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2002, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN ACTS pkennedy@devotional.com

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