Speaking of Repentance, Break Up the Fallow Ground!
““If you return, O Israel, declares the Lord, to me you should return. If you remove your detestable things from my presence, and do not waver, and if you swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’ in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.” For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:1-3 ESV
Speaking of repentance, Jeremiah 4:1-3 is all about it. God speaks of turning to him, which is the whole essence of repentance. It involves turning from sin to God. Ridding our lives of detestable things. It necessitate us confessing sin, as well as acknowledging God and who He is
True repentance is a change of heart and mind and actions; away from sin and toward God. God works in truth, righteousness, and justice. He is holy, good, and kind. He deserves all of our adoration.
The way to get there is to break up your fallow ground and not sow among thorns. Breaking up fallow ground was the practice of breaking up ground that had become hardened because it had laid dormant.
it is hard work getting hard ground ready to receive seeds and plant a crop. And you don't want to sow among the thorns, you don't want to try to do what pleases God in the midst of sin. You need to be free of all that hinders. Therefore, you need to trust God for repentance. He grants it in kindness and forbearance.