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I will give you a new image-2heart
and put a new spirit within you;
I will remove your heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.
– Ezekiel 36:26

Do you renounce Satan
and all the spiritual forces of wickedness?
Do you renounce the evil powers of this world
which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
Do you renounce all sinful desires
that draw you from the love of God?
- Ancient Baptismal Questions

The heart of flesh is a repentant heart. And the repentant heart is a renouncing heart.

The repentant heart renounces any attempt to justify its sin; it humbly acknowledges sin’s existence and its sentence.

The repentant heart renounces self-sufficiency; it knows its beating is a gracious gift of God.

The repentant heart renounces hate and vengeance; it meets its enemy with unfeigned love and unreserved forgiveness.

The repentant heart renounces the evil one and all his deeds of death; it follows the chariot of a resurrected King who makes all things new.

The repentant heart renounces the fear of falling out of favor with others; it rests under the ever-falling favor of God.

The repentant heart renounces the darkness of its past; though shadows of sin may linger, it looks to the light that will not stop shining.

The repentant heart renounces fear as the way to obedience; it responds to the kindness of God who leads us away from sin.

The repentant heart renounces self-congratulation for righteous deeds; it sees sinful traces even in the best moments and directs all glory to God for any spiritual growth.

The repentant heart renounces a spirit of condemnation; the grace that flows in is the grace that flows out.

The repentant heart renounces the world’s marching orders; its rhythm is to the beat of a different Drummer.

The repentant heart renounces the stepladder of superiority; looking up to God for salvation keeps it from looking down on anyone else.

The repentant heart is a renouncing heart.

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One thought on “The Repentant Heart is a Renouncing Heart”

  1. Ginger says:

    Yes! Good word for teaching! Renouncing out-loud and within our spirits is a powerful tool for believers! May we bow the heart in daily repentance. Blessings…

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