A PENITENT HEART What exactly is a penitent...

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A PENITENT HEART

What exactly is a penitent heart is a question one would probably ask? And the answer to the question is: to feel sorrow for any wrong doings, or to feel regret for the committed sins: with absolute, it is the aching heart of the guilty; that only a true worshipper can feel, and can really acknowledge the wrong in ones life! A famous writer once quoted “To regret deeply is to live afresh (Henry Thoreau), and to compliment this quote we can look at certain word phrases like: self-reproach, self-reproof, self-accusation, self condemnation, self-humiliation, or voice of conscience, and awakened conscience. I also, truly believe that this only happens to those who not only know the word of God, but makes an effortless attempt to put it into practice with the full assurance with the act of repentance; to show gratitude, and honorably serve God the way God has always intended for everyone to serve Him in truth, in spirit, and in righteousness with unfailing love.
A person who is the owner of a penitent heart is a person who truly, and deeply regrets sinning: or rather expresses the feeling of regret, and has a heaviness of sorrow for having committed sins or misdeeds; unlike the rest of the vast majority of people who have pleasure in committing sins without any affect whatsoever. For the one who does in fact posses this penitent heart; possesses one of the gifts that God has given to His child as a blessing, so, that when one returns to Him: will assuredly be treated as a son of God (Heb.12:4-7).
The idea behind a penitent heart can only come from God; because as he was, and is exactly the same: for instance when He flooded the world in the time Noah; because the human race was, and were ignorantly full of disbelief, and with extreme disobedience. I would assume that frustration really got the best of our Heavenly Father; do we not act the same at times: yet He later had a penitent heart over what He had done; only towards his creations and not mankind, (Gen.8:21)And the Lord smelled the sweet savor; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground anymore for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every living thing, as I have done.
Here we have God sadden for the mass destruction that was done to His beautiful creation because of the rebellious hearts of mankind: despite everything truly God has the possession of “A Penitent Heart!”
Of course this is only one example of who and how God is; just to show us His power, His intolerance for disobedience; on the other hand shows sorrow, and regret with His penitent heart, and above all His mercy, love, and patience.
I truly believe that he definitely bestowed upon us this merciful blessing of an act of penitence, so, that those who do belong to Him will show mercy as well; and again I believe that this can only apply to those who are true to Him, and worship him in truth and in spirit (Jo.4:23). One can not deny this because its all biblical: sound and true to the word, and this is God’s word that I’m citing to its true essence.
Now, as for us; as the weakly and beggarly form of beings we have the privilege and honor of having this penitent heart to our advantage: as I had mentioned earlier; “only to those who are true to him;” have the contingency of having our sins remitted at first hand upon the changes we make in our lives in accordance to the will of God, and this is applied throughout our Christian lives as we walk in the light as His dear Children; because from darkness is where we came from, and in the light is where we walk (Eph.5:8-10)For ye were sometimes [once] darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (for the fruit of the Spirit [light] is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
When one truly has a convicted heart prior to his baptism one goes before God through prayer, and begs for forgiveness of all of one sins and horrible mistakes throughout one’s life. If one is truly convicted for their horrid errors; I truly believe with all my heart; that He looks upon everyone’s heart to see just how true one is in His presence, and if found truthful and convicted He therefore in-flights the Holy Spirit as a guidance to help us embrace all that is ahead.
To remit, in speaking of the gift of the Holy Spirit it is know in truth; that no one knows when one does in fact receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ explains this to Nicodemus in the gospel of John (Jo3:6-8)That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again. The wind blows where it listeth, and thou hears the sound thereof, but can not tell when it comes and where it goes: so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
So, going back to the lesson at hand; we are without hesitation obliged in secrecy in our state of mind before God through our prayers, and it is our true form of communicating with God. This how we express to God of our humility, and aching heart of our many sins, and begging Him for His forgiveness. I would also have to say that this is also a genuine practice of a penitent heart; with confidence of admitting to ourselves who we truly are; which is not farfetched to the conclusion of salvaging our salvation; (Matt6:6)But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut the door, pray to the Father which is secret; and thy Father which sees in secret shall reward thee openly.
I know for a fact that we all have witnessed many person who do not posses a penitent heart; because if they did they would not make it look so obvious, with their intention, and how awful they all misbehave. As an example there are those who take pleasure as a homicidal maniac, no mercy, and no remorseful attribute whatsoever to say the least; there are those who abuse women and children out of a cruel heart, and the list goes on and on etc….
Yet they still have the opportunity of returning back to God from their wickedness and make straight the path they are walking on (Deut.4:29-31)But if from thence thou shall seek the Lord thy God, thou shall find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou are in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shall be obedient unto His voice; (for the Lord thy God is a Merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee. (Heb.13:5)Let your conversation be without covetousness [be ye free from the love of money]; and be content with such things as ye have: for He has said, I will never leave thee , nor forsake thee.
Wow, this is totally wonderful, and with this being known; how can anyone allow themselves to backslide against God, and who ever does; must be out of their minds to do so, not realizing what all they have destroyed: mainly and most importantly their relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In connection, another area that would fit the criteria of having a penitent heart is the act of forgiving, harming no one, and also not judging no one at all (Lk.6:37) Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
We all know where this world lies on this specific persona because this world is very judgmental, quick to hurt and destroy; as far as the world is concerned there is no forgiveness in the vast majority of mankind, and if there is its rare. Lets really look at this in a different perspective, if God permits! say for instance, if we all; meaning the entire world, were to contain this powerful love and mercy we would be living in a very different world where everyone would be living in peace and harmony; because we all would have a penitent heart and show a more graceful love that God would have bestowed upon everyone from the very beginning without a doubt!
Unfortunately, this world is where this world is; because the lack of a penitent heart, the lack of Gods love in their heart, the lack of mercy, and the lack of unity. Now, as for unity, is a word that only come to motion when the world is concerned about their worldly cares: for example the concern of cruelty to animals, the ozone layer, global warming, gay rights, and liberal women with their opposing factors of ruling over man and the list goes on and on; in which all are contrary to the will of God. You know, and I know that there is so much to talk about; yet very little time; and one thing we don’t have is time, because we are always under the scrutiny of satan, and his evil puppets everywhere, anywhere, any time, anyhow, and anyway: among other things we are also under the charge of redeeming the time (Ep.5:16)redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Col4:5)Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
This is better explained by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when he was telling his apostles and disciples of his departure (Jo.12:35-36)Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness comes upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.
So, I ask do you think that its important to know about the knowledge of having a penitent heart; whether its important to be sought as a valuable lesson? Well, to me its very important, and that I for one can relate with this notion each and every time I make, or fall into an error before my Heavenly Father: it literally gives me a sickening feeling of disgust within myself, for any, and all the sins that I commit absent-mindedly, and ignorantly. This is why I truly believe that a true child of God can only posses this attribute: that enables His children to feel very sad and full of sorrow each and every time this happens.
Thank God for allowing us to have a penitent heart, so, that we can begin to fully understand just how miserable and lonely one be without God in ones life through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lets hold fast to our blessings that way we know where we stand, and gives us the hope that was delivered to us as a blessing; because of our penitent heart that we boldly show.

Should we really consider ourselves to be lucky; absolutely not! Because if we belong to our Heavenly Father this does not give us any right to think that luck is involved, and if this happens, then we are acting in the opposing fact of a penitent heart; we should know that its the Love of God that has a bind on us with complete control.
Again this world is full of persons who posses the different attribute that belongs to their father; it’s a disgusting attribute of obduracy which is also known as flinty, adamant, unyielding, inflexible, stubborn, hardened, no remorse, or mercy, and not even love for that matter.
So, who are we? Are we not Gods children: the one who posses the true penitent heart; because one who possesses a obduracy heart is one who is in conflict with themselves, and the will of God. The choice is ours simply by either living by the will of God, or by our own will; which is the will of this world and satan!
Again, lets have a stronghold on our blessing and never forget who we are; but not to please ourselves or anyone; because the pleasure belongs to God alone.