Does this sound boring –> Here is Your Theological Word of the Day!

Posted: April 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

So how does a theological word of the day sound? Well, I’m not going to post a theological word of the day everyday but there is one today that has stood out to me after reading the Bible.  Here is the word.

Contrite 

Let me give you the verse it comes from.

All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66:2 ESV)

There is the word contrite.  I did a little research a couple of months ago on what contrite actually means and here is what I found.  Having a contrite heart or spirit simply means that we are broken and crushed over the weight of our sin.  We are born sinful and our hearts are wicked.  We sin, but Jesus came to take away our sin, forgive us of our sin and give us an abundant life.  We can’t change our hearts, only Jesus can, but we can have a contrite heart and a contrite spirit which means we are completely broken over our sin.  We recognize our sin and the weight of that sin weighs heavily on us.

I find this interesting because the Bible doesn’t say that God will look on the one who is prideful and does good works.  He doesn’t say he will look on the one that is in church when the doors are open, sings in the choir and leads a small group.  He looks upon the one that is humble, contrite or broken over their sin, and someone that trembles at his word.  There aren’t enough Christians that are being humble, broken and crushed over their sin and especially trembling at the word of God.  Our society has put ourselves above what God wants for our lives.  He doesn’t accept our good works, they are filthy rags to him and he turns his back on them.  What he does accept is someone who has a crushed spirit because that person realizes that their sin is filthy and is not what God wants for their lives.

So on to this morning.  I read this in Psalm 38:4-8 This is King David talking

My guilt overwhelms me—
    it is a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds fester and stink
    because of my foolish sins.
I am bent over and racked with pain.
    All day long I walk around filled with grief.
A raging fever burns within me,
    and my health is broken.
I am exhausted and completely crushed.
    My groans come from an anguished heart.

Do you think David has a contrite spirit? I think so.  This section of scripture should be a reminder to all of us that this should be how we respond to the sin in our lives.  The thing with sin is, we have to kill it before it kills us.  Get rid of whatever it is that is keeping you bound in chains.  It may be the most difficult thing you have ever done, or the easiest thing you have ever done, but I do know that when you remove sin and are broken over it, God looks upon you.

Read this Psalm everyday and ask yourself do I have a contrite spirit.

In Christ,

Steven

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