"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" ~ Matthew 11:28
This is among our "red stones" showing the love of God as it leads to true repentance, because I [Eugenia Price, the author] believe it is impossible for anyone to "come unto" Jesus Christ without repenting. Now, It is possible to learn things about Christianity and still go on in the old life, but He said we were to "learn of" Him. And when we begin to learn what He is really like, we begin to know in our hearts that He did what He did on the Cross because He Himself was personally assuming full responsibility for our individual dispositions of sin. This melts us. This kind of love leads to repentance.
Sorrow and shame for our selfishness usually go along with repentance and may precede it. But the alcoholic who is merely "sorry and ashamed," will go right out and get drunk again, as a rule. He is filled with sorrow but it is human sorrow. And only "godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation." Someone very dear to us kicked me once when he was very drunk. When he sobered up his heart was broken with sorrow and shame because of what he had done. But it did not lead to repentance and he got drunk again. It was human sorrow only. But "godly sorrow" which alone leads to true repentance (which alone leads to salvation), shows us in one ugly, blinding flash that we have really kicked God! "Against thee and thee only have I sinned ...," sobbed David and I know what he meant! And knowing that, I now know why it has all turned out to be a love story. Because I now know in my own experience that "God is love." Jesus Christ proved it to me.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life ..."