When the world repents, they feel sorrow. But feeling
sorrow over one's sins is not enough. We must turn from
our sins and change our lives and the way we live. Judas
repented of having betrayed Jesus (Matthew 27:3 ), but
his was only regret, not a change of mind. In Genesis
6:6, God repented that He made man but He did not change
His mind. When a child is punished, the parents may
feel sorrow that the discipline was necessary, but that
sorrow does not cause them to change their minds. In
Matthew 3:2-9, John the Baptist acknowledges that the
Pharisees were followers of the law; but just a resemblance
of godliness was not enough. They had to repent and
turn from their sin. Repentance actually has three parts:
A TURNING FROM SIN.
This turning must be both in heart ( emotion ) and mind
( thinking ). We must both feel sorrow in our hearts
and support that sorrow with the resources of our minds.
A SPIRIT OF ABHORRENCE TO SIN.
This attests to a desire to turn away from our old ways
and find new ones, and hatred for the thought of sin,
as well as a desire to be holy.
A SPIRIT OF HONOR TOWARDS GOD.
God told Abram, " I am the Almighty God, walk thou
before me and be thou perfect." And again He said,
" I am holy, be ye therefore also holy."
GOD CAN CALL TO REPENTANCE!"
states that the goodness of God leads to repentance.
II CORINTHIANS 7:10
also notes that godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.
says, " No man can come to me, except the Father...draw
him...Every man therefore that has learned of the Father,
cometh unto me. No man can come unto me, except it were
given him of my Father."
not only brings about physical death, but spiritual
death as well. Jesus said, " I have come that ye
might have life, and that more abundantly." Spiritual
death is eternal separation from God.
JAMES 1:15 -"
Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death."
ROMANS 6:23 -
" The wages of sin is death."
REFERENCES ON REPENTANCE"
MARK 1:14-15 -
" Repent ye and believe the gospel. "
II PETER 3:9 -
" God is not willing that any should perish but
that all should come to repentance."
ACTS 17:30 -
" Command all men everywhere to repent."
Luke 13:3 -
" Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish."
RESULTS OF REPENTANCE"
Word of God is very clear about repentance. When we
repent as we have discussed above, we get results! God
EPHESIANS 4:32 -
God for Christ sake hath forgiven you.
COLOSSIANS 2:13 -
Forgive you of all trespasses.
ACTS 5:31 -
To give repentance unto Israel and the forgiveness of
COLOSSIANS 1:14 -
In whom we have the forgiveness of sins.
John 1:7 KJV)
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
John 1:8 )
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us."
John 1:9 )
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
FOR THE SAVED"
you are born again, there will be times of failure,
mistakes and yes, even sin! We deal with these times
in our lives just like we did when we first came to
the Lord - we repent! Paul said, " I die daily.
" He meant that he repented daily. He tried to
live in the Spirit and not in the flesh. No one is perfect.
We must strive for perfection.