Instituted in 2011 by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Repentance Day on August 26 is to prompt the people of PNG to seek God’s forgiveness for the collective sins of the nation, and to consider their own role in restoring relationships within families and the community.
Here at the Lae Centre, we had a valuable learning experience this week. With some new staff, and a rearrangement of duties, tensions arose on Tuesday over how work was to be done. As managers we planned how to address the situation and I prepared a stirring talk drawing on Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12 to encourage unity and functioning as one body.
Then God intervened.
Our maintenance man led the Wednesday morning devotion time, sharing from Psalm 51 on the need to repent humbly before God for our sin to be dealt with.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:9-10
First he, then other staff, humbly confessed that their attitude towards others on Centre had not been honouring to God in recent days, and sought forgiveness from the team. Tears were shed; handshakes and hugs exchanged.
God is so much better at restoring brokenness than we are!
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
Please pray …
- for God to be at work in our Lae team daily, that we may glorify Him.
- thankful that His works are perfect