Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 21, 2018

Humility leads to a willingness to accept feelings of regret and remorse which leads to repentance. “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 21:23-32.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“But what do you think?  A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’  And he answered, ‘I will not’;  but afterward he regretted it and went.  The man came to the second and said the same thing;  and he answered, ‘I will, sir’;  but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?”  They *said, “The first.”  Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him;  but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him;  and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.”  Matthew 21:28-32.

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Although the first son at first refused to go to work in the vineyard for his father, “afterward he regretted it and went.”  Jesus did not admonish this first son for first refusing, but simply concluded that he did the will of his father.  And, Jesus compared tax collectors and prostitutes who repented to this first son.

The second son told his father he would go to work in the vineyard for his father, “but he did not go.”  Jesus compared the chief priests and elders to this second son.  Both had every opportunity to repent but did not even feel “remorse” to motivate them to repent.

“Regret” a/k/a “remorse” is not a pleasant feeling;  it is disturbing and provokes one to radically change one’s behavior.  It leads to true repentance.

The humble are more willing to be regretful and remorseful and repent.

The proud resist and reject such feelings and do not repent.

Notice the three stages.  Humility (first stage) leads to a willingness to accept feelings of regret and remorse (second stage) which leads to repentance (third stage). 

Jesus gives hope of salvation to those who are humble and who feel regret a/k/a remorse and who repent.  “…  Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.”  Verse 31.

“But He gives a greater grace.  Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”  Submit therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners;  and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be miserable and mourn and weep;  let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  James 4:6-10.


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