In many cultures, loud weeping, wailing, and the tearing of clothing are accepted ways of lamenting personal sorrow or a great national calamity. For the people of Old Testament Israel, similar outward actions expressed deep mourning and repentance for turning away from the Lord.

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An outward demonstration of repentance can be a powerful process when it comes from our heart. But without a sincere inward response to God, we may simply be going through the motions, even in our communities of faith.

After a plague of locusts devastated the land of Judah,God, through the prophet Joel, called the people to sincere repentance to avoid His further judgment. "Even now," declared the Lord, 'return to me with all your heart,, with fasting and weeping and mourning' "(Joel 2:12)

Red heart in child and mother's hands

The Lord longs for us to confess our sins to Him, and receive His forgiveness so we can love and serve Him with all  our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Whatever you desire to tell the Lord today, just say it, from the heart Lord, please give me a heart of repentance to see myself as You do. Give me the grace to respond to Your merciful call for change.




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