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Repent therefore

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (Actes 3:19-20)
How is it that the life seems so difficult, hard or even unbearable? It results from a hardened and impenitent heart! To overcome such situation, it is necessary to repent and be converted. Some people say that they have converted for a very long time. But then how come that they do not live a refreshing, beneficial and happy time? If this divine promise has not become actually, it is necessary to wonder if one is really converted. Indeed, some people confuse conversion with a few regrets and emotions, ignoring that repentance should produce fruits. (Mattew 3:8) Those fruits are missing, unfortunately, for many, especially among those who imagine they are Christians because they have received a “pious education” and attend a “Christian church”.
To become a happy Christian, one must have hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6), and be converted not just by fear of the death, but for failing to listen to the voice of God his creator. It is only justice to be afflicted because of all evil and injustice we have committed towards God and men. Zacchaeus, the publican, had such “hunger and thirst for righteousness” that he wanted to see Jesus! When Jesus noticed his disposition of heart, he said to him: Today I must stay at your home. And immediately, Zacchaeus hurried and welcomed Jesus gladly. This event made him so happy that he began to confess his faults and to repair them. (Cf. Luke 19:1-10)
To become a Christian, is to regret and put his life in the light. Nothing should remain hidden. Committed faults, lies, theft, infidelities, frauds, extortions, crimes, etc., must be confessed and, if possible, repaired. And this in all areas and towards anyone: husband, wife, children, friends, enemies, schools, work, toward the state, etc. Of course, confessions do not always go without suffering and humiliation. But if one wishes to become happy, he must pay the price by giving up everything. (Luke 14:26-33)
Some have confessed only certain sins by fear of the consequences. They tried to ease their conscience by asking forgiveness only to God for; but as the memory of theirs unrepaired sins still weighs on their conscience, they do not taste the promised time of refreshing. Others cleaned up their life but thereafter became lukewarm and fell back into sin. They have never risen again, did not confessed them, and have not sought to get their lives back in order. With a certain nostalgia they remember their first love and their faith in God's wonderful promises.
What is one to do? What is the solution?  The answer is clear: Repentance!  Repentance brings times of refreshing from the Lord.  Without it, life is increasingly hard, difficult and filled with disappointments and, at the end, the judgment of God. (cf. Ecclesiastes 12:15-16)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
To become happy, everything must come to light. Nothing should remain hidden! Then will come these times of refreshing new times without burdens on the consciousness. Regenerated by the grace in Jesus Christ, we can then look at everyone and love them all because:
If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
May those who wish have fellowship with one anothers and live in the light not hesitate to imitate Zaccheus: Repent therefore! And salvation will come and bring them times of refreshments.

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