God does not want us only to put on an outward appearance of repentance or other “acceptable emotions”; He is compassionate and wants us to be genuine and honest.
The most repeated quote in the Old Testament is Exodus 34:6-7. Verse 6 reads- “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
Have you ever been in a situation of telling a friend of an experience you have, and because you know how your friend is going to react to particular topics so you would phrase things according to how you want the conversation to go? (Or maybe I am the only one that’s crafty)
Or have you try to seek forgiveness from a friend, and you would tell just enough truth that you think your friend can handle and still forgive you?
It sounds ridiculous, but I try to do that with God sometimes. I know he knows the ins and outs of every detail of my life, and yet there are still times I try to package myself to be more presentable in front of him.
Our God is so much bigger than we could ever imagine. Bring out all the skeletons in your closet, and you’ll be amazed by his grace, compassion, and abounding love.
And by the way, check out the Podcast by The Bible Project to dive deep into God’s character – compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love… It’s totally nerdy and fascinating to listen to their conversation.