Text: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19.
Comment: In the text for today, St Peter, addressing the Jews who betrayed and crucified Christ, urged them to repent so as to be forgiven their sins. Conversion must be seen through repentance as a condition for forgiveness by God’s grace. This is an absolute necessity as God’s judgment and reward of eternal life is fast approaching. (Isaiah 26:9, Romans 13:11). When St. Paul was called to apostleship, Jesus Christ told him that the purpose of his commission was: “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” St. Paul told king Agrippa that he was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision but related what he had seen to the Christians at Damascus, and then those at Jerusalem, “and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance”. – Acts 26:18-20.
All worshippers of God should, therefore, make it a thing of individual responsibility to quickly take advantage of the short period we still have to repent of all forms of sinful indulgences, so as to escape Jehovah’s impending punishment. – Hebrews 3:8,13,15.