The Nature of True Repentance
Introduction: There is hardly anything more fundamental to the life of a believer than repentance. There is nothing more life giving. That is why the devil tries so hard to discredit it! Mention repentance to some believers and immediately they think of condemnation, brow beating, negativity, judgmentalism and death. Repentance is a gift of God.
Without it sinners and saints cannot be renewed.
Only the imperfect are candidates for it!
Repentance is exclusively for those who have fallen short, who acknowledge their need, who have turned away, who have sinned, who want to come back.
True repentance is God's Activating Grace.
It remakes and restores and repairs.
It starts in darkness and ends in light
It starts in bondage and ends in freedom.
It starts in death and ends in life.
Repentance is the most basic of the basics, the very first of the ''elementary teachings of Christ'' (Hebrews. 6:1)
Of all of God's creation only man can repent.
That is why in Luke 15:10 it states ''there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents''
Jesus has not returned yet because he is waiting for more people to repent! ''The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you , not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.''(2 Pet. 3:9)
It is repent or perish.
Repentance means being saved from our sins.
Look how David responded when Nathan the prophet exposed the king's sin.
This is the first step to repentance - having our sin laid open and brought to light.
''Before God can deliver us, we must undeceive ourselves''(Ambrose)
''The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none''(Thomas Carlyle)
1. First David appealed for mercy, pure and simple.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash awa ...
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