Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:12,17) 
Our repentance is so important to God that he gave it to John the Baptist as his singular message!
When Jesus learned John was in prison, he began declaring the message himself…”repent, God is here!”
Let’s be honest:  repentance has gotten a bad rap.
Repentance is viewed as a source of shame and guilt or reserved only for the really BIG sins.
But, the reality is repentance is both a blessing and a gift. 
Repentance is a way to transform thought life and behavior. 

Legalistic remorse says, “I broke God’s rules,” while real repentance says, “I broke God’s heart.” ~Tim Keller
Repentance is not about shame or guilt – It is about heart transformation!  The result will be resounding joy as we lean in to God and turn away from our sin. 
When was the last time you used the word repentance when you were talking to the Lord? When was the last time you repented to the people closest to you? 
God I don’t want anything that I think, say or do to dull sensitivity to your voice. Help me develop a lifestyle of repentance. 

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. (Matthew 3:8) 
Today’s Devotion blessed me. It’s not a subject that is brought up much anymore but it’s so important in our walk with The Lord! Repentance is the key with which we can unlock the prison from inside. We hold that key within our hands and it is ours to use it.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!