A Hard Thing
Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. Surely the first thing that we should do to glorify him is to repent of our sins that we may be pure in his sight wearing only Christ’s righteousness. “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).
There are also other steps involved in glorifying God. When you realize your sinfulness before God, you must also realize that many of the sins you have committed against God, you have also committed against your brother. Repentance before God leads, in its turn, to repentance before your brother. Jesus addressed this issue in Matthew 5v23-24: “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
The message and implications of the Gospel reach further than private life and private experience. Are you concerned about following God’s word? Do a hard thing. Repent before God and then before your brother and turn away from your sins. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).
Thomas van den Broek
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