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The Lord can give repentance to the most unlikely, turning lions into lambs, and ravens into doves. Let us look to Him that this great change may be wrought in us.
Assuredly the contemplation of the death of Christ is one of the surest and speediest methods of gaining repentance. Do not sit down and try to pump up repentance from the dry well of corrupt nature. It is contrary to the laws of mind to suppose that you can force your soul into that gracious state.
Take your heart in prayer to Him who understands it, and say, Lord, cleanse it, Lord, renew it. Lord, work repentance in it.
The more you try to produce penitent emotions in yourself, the more you will be disappointed, but if you believingly think of Jesus dying for you, repentance will burst forth. Meditate on the Lords shedding His hearts blood out of love to you. Set before your minds eye the agony and bloody sweat, the cross and passion, and as you do this, He who was the bearer of all this grief will look at you, and with that look He wilt do for you what He did for Peter, so that you also will go out and weep bitterly.
He who died for you can, by His gracious Spirit, make you die to sin, and He who has gone into glory on your behalf can draw your soul after Him, away from evil, and toward holiness.
I shall be content if I leave this one thought with you: look not beneath the ice to find fire, neither hope in your own natural heart to find repentance. Look to the Living One for life. Look to Jesus for all you need between Hell Gate and Heaven Gate. Never seek elsewhere for any part of that which Jesus loves to bestow, but remember, CHRIST IS ALL.