“Thank God we can repent!” Ruben and I had been meeting to read the Bible together ever since I’d had the privilege of leading him to Jesus.
“Thank you Ruben. I’ve never thought of what a blessing that is!
Two short, personal repentance stories.
- Our new home needed a LOT of work. My wife and I walked in one night to clean before we moved in, flipped on a light, and the entire wall we were looking at moved! It was infested with cock roaches! Yeah, that’s what we yelled, “Yuck!” Not long after we moved in I was complaining to a young mentee about all the work that still needed to be done. “Complaining” is really too mild; I was ranting and raving. My friend let me finish, then said with peace giving wisdom, “Well Dave, I guess you guys needed the house and the house needed you.” It was like Jesus had stood up in the boat and calmed the storm!
- “I’m sorry Babe,” I said hugging my wife. Only a chuckle came from Dona. I stepped back frowning. This was a serious moment! What was funny?!? “Well, I’ve been praying about that,” she replied, still smiling. My patient, gracious wife had not complained to me, but she had talked to Jesus about it!
“Repent!” The prophets of the Old Testament preached the message often. It was carried into the New Testament by John the Baptist. It was the first sermon Jesus preached: “Repent and believe in the Good News!” (Mark 1:14, HCSB)
It was the message from Peter on the Day of Pentecost: “Repent and be baptized, each one of you ….” (Acts 2:38, HCSB)
There’s no condemnation for believers. Instead, there is the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit drawing us to repentance. This is kindness from God to us (Romans 2:4).
“Thank You Lord for godly sorrow that leads to confession, repentance, forgiveness, and cleansing!” (1st John 1:5-2:2)