59 RepentancePosted: April 30, 2013
God’s kindness leads to repentance. Romans 2:4
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with Him, and He with Me. Revelation 3:19-20
“God’s kindness leads to repentance.” God loves us and woos us to Himself. He wants us to repent for our own good. Our lives are empty without Him. God gives the only valid meaning for our lives. We find the freedom to repent when we know that we are coming to a gracious and kind God Who wants to forgive us. He is not going to shake a finger at us when we repent. He does not add shame to our guilt. When we repent, He forgives us rather than condemns us. Condemnation comes from the enemy, not from God.
God will convict us of our sin, but conviction differs substantially from condemnation. Conviction provides a knowing that we have done wrong. Conviction may be accompanied by feelings of guilt and remorse. Condemnation involves judgment without mercy. Condemnation leads to shame and self-hatred rather than repentance and forgiveness. Notice: Judas knew betraying Jesus was wrong. He seemed to have felt conviction after the betrayal, but that quickly turned to condemnation after Judas went to unsafe people to confess his sin. His condemnation led him to the ultimate act of self-hatred. (See Matthew 27: 3-5)
Our Lord calls us to repent which means to turn away from our sins. As He reveals our sins to us we can repent of them one by one. We need to confess our sins to Him even though He knows what we have done already. By our act of confession we bring our sins into the light. We stop hiding what we have done. Hiding only adds shame to our guilt. In repenting we chose not to sin, but rather to obey. Then we need to seek and receive His forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
Consider the dominant motivation for our lives. What moves us? Why do we do what we do? What purpose do we find for our lives? Do we live for ourselves, or for our Lord? We need to repent, to change, to do a 180 degree turn from how we have lived. We need to turn from our self-directed lives and to turn to the Living God. We need to turn to “Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith”. (Hebrews 12:2) He is Lord of our lives which means He is our leader, ruler and authority. He directs our lives. He is the Master of our destiny. We live for Him, and for Him, only. “Seek first His Kingdom, and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33) “First” here means the motivation that drives all other motivations. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” I Peter 1:18-19
The Lord rebukes those whom He loves (Revelation 3:19). “If anyone hears my voice….” He is speaking. We need to pay attention. What He says may seem difficult at times, but He speaks to us in love. The Lord shows us what “safe” really means (Ephesians 4:15).
Loved and disciplined,
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