They Gladly Received
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
On the day that Peter preached this sermon, he preached with the Holy Spirit's power, and it was through this power that many gladly received salvation and were added to the church. The Holy Spirit pricked the people's hearts, and they did something about it. Do our hearts still get pricked when we hear the Word of God? Do we gladly receive His Word even if it steps on our toes? God's Word guides us, convicts us, directs us, instructs us, rebukes us, and builds us. We may not always like the truth, but we always need it. Many times in our life, the Holy Spirit pricks and convicts our hearts about something, yet we never do anything about it. Sadly, some of us have become numb to the Holy Spirit that we often don't know our hearts are being pricked. Make sure that your heart is always receptive to the Holy Spirit. We should always be glad when the Holy Spirit is working on us because it means that God has not given up on us. We should be glad that He is still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
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