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In his retirement, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Because

Jefferson trusted that students would take their studies seriously, the code of

discipline was lax. Unfortunately, his trust proved misplaced when the misbehavior

of students led to a riot in which professors who tried to restore order were attacked.

The following day a meeting was held between the university’s board, of which

Jefferson was a member, and defiant students. Jefferson began by saying, “This is

one of the most painful events of my life,” suddenly he was overcome by emotion,

and burst into tears. Another board member asked the rioters to come forward and

give their names. Nearly every one did. Later, one of them said, “It was not Mr.

Jefferson’s words, but his tears.”

Just like the student was moved by Jefferson’s brokenness, so is God by ours.

When we are truly broken and sorry for our sins, this leads to repentance

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