Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the your God, and the will relent of the disaster that he has pronounced against you.” (Jeremiah 26:13 ESV)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Repentance is a gift from God. The Law reveals the guilt of sin and leaves us conscience-stricken, as the hymn goes (Salvation Unto Us Has Come, LSB 555). The Law reveals that we have transgressed against God and harmed our neighbor. The Law shows us that we have failed, messed up, succumbed yet again to the temptations of the devil and the desires of our flesh.
There are two reactions you can have when you hear the voice of the Law. One is anger and vengeance. When you hear the Law spoken, you hate God and hate the messenger of God as well, like the people who heard Jeremiah. When you hear the Law you might make excuses, justifications, for your actions and say, “How dare you, O man, preach the Law to me and make me out to be a bad person that needs to change.”
This is the natural reaction because of sin. We all get angry when we are corrected, when the Law is proclaimed to us and at us. May the Holy Spirit grant us a righteous contrition, a holy guilt and shame over what we have done, and the desire to change our ways according to the grace and mercy of Jesus. Only faith desires to repent. Our faith is not in ourselves to make improvements, but rather faith and trust in Jesus’ mercy on us, which is what brings us to repent and desire to change our ways.
Repentance is guilt over our sin, but it is borne out of the faith given to us by our God who forgives us no matter the sin. There isn’t one of your sins that Jesus didn’t die for on the cross. That means that there isn’t any sin that Jesus won’t forgive, from womb to tomb. Be at peace as you continue to live out your life in repentant joy, knowing that all your sins are forgiven, and you are covered in Jesus’ righteousness forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Though great our sins, yet greater still Is God’s abundant favor; His hand of mercy never will Abandon us, nor waver. Our shepherd good and true is He, Who will at last His Israel free From all their sin and sorrow. (From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee, LSB 607:5)