Life everywhere is in vast and endless variety. So it is with life eternal, that gift of God, constituting, in its length and breadth and height and depth, the reward of the righteous. The penitent, dying thief is not going into heaven like the triumphant, dying Paul.
The last business of Christ's life was the saving of a poor penitent thief.dwight l. moody
God's mercy is a holy mercy, which knows how to pardon sin, not to protect it; it is a sanctuary for the penitent, not for the presumptuous.richard reynolds
God's mercy is a holy mercy, which knows how to pardon sin, not to protect it; it is a sanctuary for the penitent, not for the presumptuous.
The proud he tam'd, the penitent he cheer'd: Nor to rebuke the rich offender fear'd. His preaching much, but more his practice wrought; (A living sermon of the truths he taught:) For this by rules severe his life he squar'd: That all might see the doctrines which they heard.john dryden
There is one case of death-bed repentance recorded the penitent thief that no one should despair; and only one, that no one should presume.
A heart renewed a loving heart a penitent and humble heart a heart broken and contrite, purified by love that and only that is the rest of men. Spotlessness may do for angels, repentance unto life is the highest that belongs to man.
Only the penitent man will pass.
Know what your sin is and confess it; but do not imagine that you have approved yourself a penitent by confessing sin in the abstract.
One should never spurn a penitent criminal: in his despair he may become twice as much a criminal as before.mikhail lermontov