Jesus referenced acontrite heart in the Beatitudes.
He said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)
The “mourning” here is agrief over one’s own sin. God’s mercy and forgiveness comforts those who see their sin the way He sees it.
Isaiah 66:2 (The Lord says) “These are the onesI look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
Can you imagine God looking on you with favor? I know He sees us all and knows us all, but wow, how amazing it is to be looked at with favor?
David wrote Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
There it is again: Contrition is spoken of as something God likes.
Did you know that contrite means to be crushed, crippled, or broken?
It’s when we stopjustifying wrong choices.
It’s a heart that offers no excuses and shifts no blame.
In Luke 18:9-14, the eloquent prayer of the proud Pharisee did not reach the heart of God, but the humble cry of the repentant sinner brought forgiveness. They bothneeded mercy, but only the contrite heart was in a position to receive it.
A contrite heart does not take the forgiveness of God for granted
A contrite heart is a key factor in true repentance
Without it, we are like the proud Pharisee, going through the motions of religion but harboring arrogance in our hearts.
I think I want the favor.