“Are you Living According to the Three R’s?”

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Dear reader, Christianity is all about knowing the Creator and Savior of our universe – the Lord Jesus Christ – who is God of very God – and eternal life itself (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16; 2:9; John 17:3). Being God, He is eternal, and we His creatures, are temporal. And He calls us to have hearts of wisdom in the light of this sobering reality (Psalm 90:9-12). Simply put, He would have us remember this truth by relearning it over and over again through constant review. 

However, His desire is that we relearn it through the three “R’s”:  Not through Reading, Riting, and Rithmetic; but through Reflection, Repentance and Resolve. Reflection is especially important. Through it, we can rejoice in calling to memory the many graces and mercies that our God has continuously bestowed upon us through the years. We can also, by God’s grace, recognize our many sinful and stupid failures; and also our many inconsistencies, and mistakes, which could have been avoided if we had spent more time with God and His Word. Indeed, if we had determined to spend more unrushed time in prayerful meditation upon Him, after having taken the time to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness (1 Timothy 4:7), and after having exercised the evangelical grace of self-control (Galatians  5:23). Repentance is the most beautiful of the Christian’s three R’s. Why? Because it’s something which God grants to us in grace (Acts 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25). It is the mark of a true believer (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30) to continuously fight against (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:9; Proverbs 24:16) and mortify (Romans 8:13; I Corinthians 9:27) this vile thing called “remaining sin” through the repentance that is without regret (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). What then is Biblical Repentance? It is a change of mind that assuredly leads to a turning from self and sin to God (1 Thessalonians 1:9). It is to be sorry for your sin, and to hate and forsake it because it is displeasing to God (Proverbs 28:13). It is what the Shorter Catechism describes as that action of the sinner whereby he is moved, “...out of a true sense of his sin, and an apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience” (from “The Modest Baptist revision,” Question 90). And finally, Resolve. This wise step is indispensable to the Christian. Why? Because it is highly honorable to the living God for His children to not only acknowledge where they must make holy adjustments in their progressing sanctification, but also to wholeheartedly determine to follow-hard after such a course of Christian consecration! So then, let us emulate King David here saying, “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). O may your fellowship tomorrow with God’s people, be a sweet picture of what Heaven will be like! Soli Deo Gloria!

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