Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 30, 2010

We'll go all week, if not a lifetime, and not use the word "contrite." Yet, it's a word of some importance for us.

"I live in a high and holy place, but also with those who are contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite."                                                                   ---Isaiah 57:15 TNIV

Contrite means to be sincerely sorrowful AND to desire to put past wrongs right. Many can be sorry but have little interest in ceasing the sorry behavior or correcting past damage. "Contrite" addresses both aspects. And the Prophet Isaiah hears God intervene with good news. God promises to first breath new life into the lowly and second revive the heart of one found to be contrite.

Contrite - One not simply sorry, but one who wants to put the past behind and walk in new life. God will help the contrite. For the contrite, that's very good news.


Dale Patterson