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Repent…

"The time has come," he said.  "The kingdom of God has come near.  Repent and believe the good news!"  Mark 1:15

Many times we confuse repentance and sorrow.  Sorrow is regret or grief over a decision that has been made.  Repentance is more that just regret or grief.  It is turning away from sin and turning to God for forgiveness.  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:10, "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death."  Jesus called us to repent and to believe the good news.  The good news is that God loves us and sent His Son to forgive us and to redeem us.  1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."  Confession is part of repentance.  Believing is part of repentance.  We must admit our sin before God, take ownership of it.  We must repent, or turn away from sin and turn to God, and ask Him to forgive us.  He is faithful and just, and He will forgive us.  He will also purify and cleanse us and give us new life.  Forgiveness, purification, and new life sounds pretty good, doesn't it?  Why not repent and believe the good news today?

2 thoughts on “Repent…

  1. Jason Lupo

    Jeff I think far too often people ask God to forgive them with no turning away (repentance). We want God's forgiveness without any true guilt of sin. True guilt of sin drives us toward the grace of God where forgiveness is found. When we fall on his grace we recognize the cost of sin, Jesus death on Calvary, and we don't want the thing that separated us from God and caused Jesus death to begin with. I remember the first time I heard the statement "it was your sin that nailed Jesus to the cross." My heart was broken but in that moment I recognized how costly my sin was. People who have experienced the grace of God understand the cost of sin and our desperate need to confess and repent of the very thing Christ died for!

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