What was the biggest mistake you ever made? No matter how badly you think you’ve blown it, others have made bigger mistakes and the Bible is a testimony to that. Think what David, Job, Isaiah, Peter and the Prodigal son all did. Repentance from sin is not a matter of lip service, a onetime deal or a casual attitude. Sin has no limits, so that means it’s a daily walk turning away completely from our old nature each and every day.
– Repentance is not about you –
Everyone who was restored in the bible was conscious with how they had grieved the Father’s heart and in turn felt the sorrow of a sinful nature that offends a holy God. The understanding and knowledge of repentance releases the gift of fruit in our lives.
If you have truly repented from your behaviour, God’s grace will cover up all your weaknesses 2 Cor 12:9 and bad decisions. God is bigger than your greatest mistakes, bigger than your foolishness, bigger than your sins, bigger than the messes you have left along the road which you have chosen up to now. Repentance isn’t just a matter of turning away from sin, it also involves a change of mind that results in a change of action.
Evangelist Lester Roloff puts it like this, “Real repentance is putting your trust in Jesus Christ so you will not live like that anymore. Departing from a sinful lifestyle is a matter of appreciation for what the Lord has done for us obeying God as His children and not as a condition of saving faith”.
Charles Spurgeon – “Just now some professedly Christian teachers are misleading many by saying that ‘repentance is only a change of mind.’ It is true that the original word does convey the idea of a change of mind; but the whole teaching of Scripture concerning the repentance which is not to be repented of is that it is a much more radical and complete change than is implied by our common phrase about changing one’s mind. The repentance that does not include sincere sorrow for sin is not the saving grace that is wrought by the Holy Spirit. God-given repentance makes men grieve in their inmost souls over the sin they have committed, and works in them a gracious hatred of evil in every shape and form. ‘Repentance is to leave the sin we loved before, and show that we in earnest grieve by doing so no more’”
– Worldly sorrow vs Godly sorrow –
Have you ever noticed that those who have truly repented and received complete forgiveness are usually open and forthright about their past sin? They are the men and women who have experienced the gift of repentance and worked it into their lifestyle. They are the ones who can stand up unashamed and publicly share the testimonies of their lives as alcoholics, adulterers, thieves, drug addicts, murderers etc, they have the right to boast about how they once lived and the joy to proclaim how they now live through the transforming power and grace of Jesus Christ. No confession would be credible without true repentance. Repentance is the recognition of your sinfulness towards God. Repentance is not throwing a pity party after being found out for what you were up to and running around trying to look all meek and humble, that equals worldly sorrow or poor me. Godly sorrow is not wanting God to suffer while He watches as you continually indulge in a rebellious lifestyle. click here for Repentance prayer
Repentance is a gift from God 2 Timothy 2 25, God leads you to repentance Romans 2v4, Repentance bears fruit Matthew 3:8, God is watching and waiting for repentance Luke 15, Repentance brings recovery Matthew 7v5, Repentance brings restoration Job 42
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“Hear, O Israel, Ye Approach This Day Unto Battle Against Your Enemies: Let Not Your Hearts Faint, Fear Not, And Do Not Tremble, Neither Be Ye Terrified Because Of Them. “Deuteronomy 20v3