“To Everyone Whom The Lord May Call” (Acts 2: 38, NEB) by Carley Evans

God calls us to repentance. Repentance is first and foremost a recognition of our failure to meet God’s standards. Then, it is a turning away from anything which separates us from God. Finally it is a turning to that which draws us closer to God.

Sometimes it is hard to recognize the things which separate us from the Lord — sometimes those things appear shiny, better than they are, of more value than they can be. Everyone faces temptations that are pleasant at the time, and later sting. This is the burden of being human.

Fortunately, God has a way of manipulating events and people so that we finally see the truth — and finally turn, perhaps even run from the evil which has come into our lives. The evil may not be a person; rather it may be that the adversary has found a niche in that person, a weakness of which to take advantage so as to destroy not only that one but you as well.

Pray for those who are trapped in darkness; it is a sad place to remain. Call them to repentance as Peter does: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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