A person often rebuked who becomes obstinate will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. – Proverbs 29:1
I worship the God of second chances; okay, more like third, fourth, and fifth chances! Our God is so very gracious with those who are His and those who are not. He loves us even when we are totally unlovable. What an awesome God!
We are all capable of stumbling in or out of our walk with Christ and with each stumble we must be diligent to confess our sin. There will, of course, be an ultimate reckoning for the unrepentant, for those who stubbornly refuse to respond to God’s amazing grace. When we confess, He is faithful and perfectly righteous in His choice to forgive and cleanse. On the other hand, when we don’t (confess and repent), it is likely that we will know the sting of His equally righteous chastisement and the unhindered consequences of our disobedience.
We must never allow ourselves to neglect authentic confession, for if we do, the results will be at best uncomfortable and at worst disastrous.
True repentance has a double aspect. It looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye. – Robert Smith