PHILIPPIANS 3:3-8; PSALM 105; LUKE 15:1-10
Like the lost sheep in the Gospel reading we have the tendencies to stray from the right path. In seeking greener pastures most times we stray from the right path. In our journey through life we risk getting lost; some may be doctrinally sound but morally lost; some intellectually sound but spiritually and morally lost. That is why there are intelligent people without character; spiritual men without character and the likes. One way or the other, we all have need for repentance. Even after repentance we must sustain a worthy Christian living. Paul after his conversion had to double his effort for the people to accept him because of his Jewish background. If we must be accepted as true Christians today we must repent of our sins and live a worthy life. Like Paul God can still use us because he loves and cares for the lost.
A Prayer for Sincere Repentance
Oh most humane and adorable Jesus, your endless grace and mercy flows forth. Before granting the gift of absolution to earnest repenters of sinful ways, you demanded a sacrificial compensation. For a wrongful act cannot be rectified until punishment has been accepted! Yes, for the salvation of my soul, Jesus, you accepted the price of the Cross! Grant me the grace to remain free of debts, my heart remaining flawless before you, making your absolution truly worthwhile!