“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O Lord you will not despise” (Ps 34:18; 51:17). “I [God] live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite” (Isa 57:15). Again God says, “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit who trembles at my Word” (Isa 66:2). Such people humbly walk in God’s ways and are submitted to His will. When the Holy Spirit convicts of sin they quickly and genuinely repent. It is a heart attitude that is much deeper and meaningful than the often said ‘I’m sorry’ that doesn’t result in a change of heart.

See also: humility, remorse, repentance.

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