S- Jonah 3 v 6-10
6 When the king of Nineveh heard this news, he got up from his throne, took off his robe, and covered himself with rough cloth and sat in ashes to show how upset he was.
7 He sent this announcement through Nineveh:
By command of the king and his important men: No person or animal, herd or flock, will be allowed to taste anything. Do not let them eat food or drink water. 8 But every person and animal should be covered with rough cloth, and people should cry loudly to God. Everyone must turn away from evil living and stop doing harm all the time. 9 Who knows? Maybe God will change his mind. Maybe he will stop being angry, and then we will not die.
10 When God saw what the people did, that they stopped doing evil, he changed his mind and did not do what he had warned. He did not punish them.
O- Back in the bible culture, when someone was to rip or take off their clothes, put on sackcloth and sit in the ashes or dust, not only was it a sign of mourning (or looking mental) but of intense remorse and grief concerning sins. It showed the sincerity of their hearts to turn from sin and with all that they were- now to follow and serve God with all their heart, soul an mind. When someone was to put on the uncomfortable clothing (as opposed to beautiful clothing) or sit in the ashes/dust (instead of washing), this was to demonstrate putting aside their necessities in order to concentrate things that were more important.
Today repentance is rarely understood. True repentance involves deep sorrow for our sin and a complete attitude change towards any form of sin.
Repentance can be defined as ” a sincere turning away, in both the mind and heart from self to God.” It is recognizing that our sin is offensive to God. Repentance is not only an essential part in our salvation but also in our friendship with Christ. The Bible states that people are saved by faith alone (Ephesians 2 v 8-9). However , there can be no faith in Christ without repentance. The to are pretty much inseparable.
A- What is something you may need to repent of?
2. What could be taking away from your relationship with God?
K – Take time to repent and ask God what might be holding your relationship with Him back.