If you are living in sin or have recently sinned against God, then you need to cry out to the Lord for forgiveness. Openly confess your sins to God, for today is your day of salvation. Now do as Paul instructed also. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) You know exactly what you have done in secret or unashamedly done with friends or by yourself that God hates. This very act should now be weighing down upon you, that you might begin to cry to God for forgiveness. Yes, deep sorrow, that God may see that you are true to your desire to be made clean and cleanse you of all your sins. Now, in accordance to your willingness to get right with God as the early saints, Paul also addressed this with gladness. He said, “and not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.” (2 Corinthians 7:7) I rejoice also to know that somebody that is reading this message is turning from their sins and coming unto the Lord instead. This fills me with gladness and joy that is beyond compare. May many more souls come to Jesus and be saved.
Paul also said this when it comes to repentance. “for though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.’ (2 Corinthians 7:8-11) What Paul described is an earnest desire to be forgiven by God. These heart pains we feel when we are sorrowful, God can see it all. And when we call upon the name of the Lord for forgiveness, His mercy is for us. That is when we are cleansed from all wickedness, even by the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross. Believing that Jesus died for your sins is vital for Jesus to also forgive you. You must understand that His sacrifice is for you, to be forgiven. Amen.
Oh Lord, I pray that You will forgive me of all my sins. I know that I have done wrong things and You know very well what they are. I can’t hide anything from Your sight. Therefore, I come to You today openly, that You may hear my cries and forgive me of my sins. It is my desire to no longer do things that cause Your wrath to fall down upon me. Though I deserve Your punishments in the next life, I pray that my life will be spared from the wrath to come. My true desire is to do Your will and not have sin abound in my life, but the enemy strikes so hard sometimes that it is hard to resist his temptations. I am weak in those moments that I fall so hard. You know exactly what is going through my mind in those moments. Even afterward, when I am filled with guilt and shame. Therefore, I turn today from all filthiness and to Your presence, Jesus. Build me up in Your strength and armor. I know that I will have a better chance at defeating the enemy if You are with me. Will You now make a home in my life, while casting out all the darkness? Fill me up with Your light that holiness may about now. I believe in You, Jesus. I trust in You, Lord. Have mercy upon my soul. I love You, God. Amen.