“The Hole Was Made For Repentence”
By George Walker
Macomb Correctional Facility, New Haven, MI
“But showed first unto them of Damascus, and throughout all the coasts of Judah, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meant for repentance.” Acts 26:20.
My first night in the hole was spent in a daze. The fact that I was in a daze just shows how far away from God I truly was. I was looking the part but my heart was living in sin. I am sorry to all of you – the church leaders, the body, Chaplain White and the administration at Macomb. To my brothers in Christ, I was not on one accord with you all and for this I am so sorry. And to my chance for life family, please forgive me and allow me to work my way back into the family.
My next day in the hole, I woke up praying and then got up out of bed and got on my knees and prayed some more. I apologized to God and asked for forgiveness and I asked Him to reveal to me what He wants out of this situation. So I kept praying and reading His Word and on the third day an officer came to my door and said, “Well, I had to come because I didn’t believe it.” He said, “How are you doing?” I said, “I am maintaining by the grace of God.” He said, “A long time ago, it was said that the hole was made for repentance. A place to get back in alignment with God – to recalibrate yourself.” I said, “Wow, thank you and I receive that.”
He then said, “You know I expect this out of a Michigan man because a state man would not be here.” I said, “You know, you are wrong.” He said, “I had to get that in before I left. God bless.”
I immediately thanked God for answering my prayer and I started reading every scripture and story that I could find that had the word repent or repentance in it. Acts 26:20 and Matthew 3:8 stuck out to me.
First I looked up the word repentance and it said a feeling of regret, a changing of the mind or a turning from sin to God. I looked at myself and said I regret living a lie and deceiving everybody but God. I put my selfish desires before God. I have hurt and disappointed so many people that a changing of mind is what I need. I know that they only way I can have this is to turn from my sins – lying, deceiving and selfless.
How do I do this? Matthew 3:8 says “Bring forth therefore fruits meant for repentance” and at the end of Acts 20:26 Paul says “and do works meant for repentance.”
If I am truly thankful and grateful for God forgiving me, then the life He has given me a second chance to live will be lived for Him, thanking Him. My life will be lived in daily repentance, truly humble, thinking of and doing for others, being truthful about what I am going through and what I am doing and most important, obeying God. With every step, every word, every thought and every action I take, it will show how repentant I am.
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. And let him return onto the Lord and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7.
Thank you Jesus for your blood that has given me forgiveness.