One of the most important things a person can do is repenting and asking God for forgiveness. The first thing this does is to acknowledge what you did and accept accountability for it. Repentance is the pathway of freedom from sin and intimate fellowship with the Father. If we are not free from sin, we remain in bondage to sin. Repentance brings a clear conscience before God.
Own up to your sin! Let's not only be fair but be grown up about it. Remember, no matter what, always do the right thing. Repenting is the right thing to do. I can be transparent and say I have had to repent more than once. Am I the only one going before God to ask for forgiveness more than one time? I just spoke about counting other people's sins, so let me not be hypercritical and begin to count your sins. Let me focus on my own and make sure I have myself in order. With that being said, I would rather repent than not. I want to go to heaven. Suppose you have not repented for the things you have done. Let's start today. Here are a short prayer and some scripture to help you out.
Father, I'm tired of the sins in my life. I feel distant from You. Father, I repent of my sins. I'm confessing my desperate need for You. I am asking for forgiveness. You have promised that you will forgive us if we confess our sin and make us clean again. Father, I genuinely need Your forgiveness. Repentance is on my heart. I am speaking it out of my mouth. In my confession, I believe that You hear me and will honor Your word. In Jesus' name, Amen,
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord
Celebrating Women/ Facts
Forced into exile from her native country in 1960, Makeba used her stature to speak out against apartheid—the institutionalized practice of political, economic, and social oppression along racial lines. Such efforts earned her the title "Mama Africa," as she became an enduring symbol in the fight for equality.
After South Africa revoked Makeba's citizenship, she was initially reluctant to speak too much about her political views, fearing the safety of family members who remained near Johannesburg. But increasingly, she became more vocal. During an exile spanning over three decades, Makeba was issued passports from nine different countries and often referred to herself a "citizen of the world." On two occasions, in 1964 and 1975, she addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on the horrors of apartheid and in 1968 won the Dag Hammerskjold Peace Prize.
"We have a beautiful country. We are a beautiful people. We are a forgiving people," Makeba told Interview magazine in May of 2001. "We've had a past of being oppressed and maimed, but when we gained our independence in 1994, our president then, Nelson Mandela, and even our president now, Thabo Mbeki, told us yes, we went through this, but we must try to forgive. We may never forget and we must not forget—but we must forgive. So please, world—you out there in the world—forgive us."
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