“Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.”
It was a rainy Saturday evening in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was a college student at the time, and a friend and I were driving around the unfamiliar city. We were traveling down a hill toward an intersection and the light turned red. I slammed on the brakes, and because of the conditions my truck spun around. When we came to rest we were facing the opposite direction. We had made a 180-degree change of direction.
I think that is an illustration of the Biblical idea of repentance. Some people seem to do a 360-degree form of repentance. They spin around completely and then proceed in the same direction. But repentance is to be a change of direction. A person who has truly repented will move a different direction than they had previously.
“Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matthew 3:8, ESV)
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35, ESV)
“We may thrive on the Bread of Life, or starve on the crumbs of this world.” (Anonymous)
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
He sendeth more strength when the labours increase.
To added afflictions, He addeth his mercy;
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
His love has no limit; His grace has no measure;
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men.
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!
(Annie Johnson Flint)