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our idea of Repentance can be defined in many ways. we define it as ‘change of mind’, as ‘change of heart’. some say ‘turning away from sin’. still others say ‘turning to God’, or ‘for the forgiveness of sins’

to some Repentance is ‘wailing while reciting the sinners prayer’ or ‘beating their chest while looking down to ground depicting meekness’

most of the time, Repentance is associated with an idea of a ‘sin to let go’ and ‘some good works to be performed

now if the word ‘penance’ resonates in your mind, I say CHANGE YOUR MIND NOW!

 

But what is ‘True Repentance ? let us meditate on this verse

” Do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness
  and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the
  kindness of God leads you to Repentance? “
  – Romans 2:4 NASB

 

 

Fear Driven Repentance

did someone said to you ‘you are going to hell! repent or perish!’ ? did you repented out of fear?

my friend if our repentance is based on fear of hell or fear of punishment or fear of rejection, then that repentance is not true Repentance. it is the goodness of God that leads us to true Repentance.

we have to hear the true gospel in order for true Repentance to happen. it is by hearing the good news that all your sins has been forgiven. it is by hearing the God loves you as you are, that true Repentance happen

 

Judas Repented Too

” Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he
  was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the
  thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders “
  – Matthew 27:3 KJV

It is easy to assume that ‘Judas wasn’t sincere enough in turning away from sin, therefore he did not really repent’. but lets look at the Greek word for repented

oopsie! its not there. we cannot seem to find the word ‘repented’ in the original Greek. The right word is Remorse and the Greek for

Remorsemetaméllomai (metá [change after being with] and mélō [care, be concerned with]) – to experience a change of concern after a change of emotion and usually implying to regret, i.e. falling into emotional remorse afterwards (note the force of metá).

Remorse and Repentance are not the same

 

What Is True Repentance

” Do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness
  and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the
  kindness of God leads you to Repentance? “
  – Romans 2:4 NASB

The Greek word for Repentance is ‘metánoia’ or ‘metanoeó’

Repentancemetanoeó (metá [changed after being with] and noiéō [think]) – ‘think differently after’ , ‘after a change of mind’; to repent (literally, ‘think differently afterwards’)

‘When you change the way you are thinking, Repentance is happening’

True Repentance is a result of God’s kindness. The knowledge of God’s kindness leads a person to true Repentance. How can I say that?

look at Peter, the sinner

” .. And they came and filled both of the boats,
so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter
saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying,
Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” “
- Luke 5:7-8 NASB

Did Peter manifested true Repentance? I say yes! Jesus blessed Him first with a ton of fishes in his net. Peter then realized he do not deserved Jesus. Peter experience first hand the undeserved favor /Grace of God. he did not deserved to be blessed but grace came forth to him who is underserving. his fellow fishermen were blessed too as a result.

look at ‘not knowing’ in Romans 2:4

“ .. not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance ”

The Greek word for not knowing is ‘agnoeó

not knowing – agnoeó (‘a’ [as a negative particle] and ‘noieo’ [think]) – not to know (through lack of information or intelligence); by implication, to ignore (through disinclination)

Notice the word ‘noieo’ exists in Repentance and Knowing? It means true Repentance is a change of mind as a result of God’s grace.

You cannot ‘change your thinking without knowing’ therefore ‘when you know God’s goodness, your thinking will definitely change’

 

We have true Repentance because we knew the goodness of God. We knew the goodness of God because we have experienced His Grace during the least expected. That Grace is the good news which is all about Jesus. This is the Gospel

 

 

True Repentance Results to Change of Heart/Mind

The word Repentance has been religionize. we associate repentance to ‘the forgiveness of sin or turning away from sin’. No way! please stop this thinking. turning away from sin is the result of true repentance. forgiveness is the result of the shed blood of Jesus

” Repent, then, and turn to God, so that
  your sins may be wiped out, that times
  of refreshing may come from the Lord “
- Acts 3:19

turn to God with your sins. come to God with your sins. God will wiped out your sins. Do not attempt to take away your sin. you cannot! come as you are to God. bring your sins to God and the blood of Jesus His Son will cleanse you from all sins. amen!

Many have tried with sheer will and effort to turn away from sin, because of wrong thinking on repentance. they though, they should turn away from sin first before coming to God. they end up in sin struggle or worst have given up because they cannot stop sin.

Do you desire true Repentance? ask Jesus now to come into your life. you can also ask Him for the gift of grace which He gives freely without any payment

Let me tell you, Christ died for sinners and not for those who deserves. if we think that by repenting we can deserved grace then we are in err. God’s grace is for the sinners. His undeserved favor is not for the deserving.

God’s grace is always followed by true repentance and not the other way around

consider this woman caught in adultery

” Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they?
  Did no one condemn you?” She said,
  “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said,
  “I do not condemn you, either. Go.
   From now on sin no more.” “
- John 8:10-11

Did this adulterer Repent? Tell me. Did Jesus said to her ‘woman, you must repent of adultery first then I will not condemn you, then I will forgive you’. may it never be!

Did the woman experience God’s undeserved grace? absolutely! she experienced true Repentance otherwise Jesus would not have said to her ‘… go and sin no more’

We should stop condemning sinners! Let the sinners experience the grace of God first! tell that to the murderers, the homosexuals, the thieves, the liars. tell them God grace is for them and that they are accepted and loved, and that Jesus has prepared a place for them in heaven. tell them all their sins are forgiven and paid for by Christ at the cross. tell them about the gift of no condemnation and I can guarantee they will sin no more.

If you are reading this and happen to not have Christ in your life; receive God’s unconditional forgiveness and love! the only requirement is for you to receive it freely. no need to do good works to be forgiven.

if you are already in Christ, change your mind towards sin. It’s a done deal at the cross. start living your life and enjoy the complete and total forgiveness of all your sins. live a free life simply because you are free. amen.

 

true Repentance is the one driven by God’s love. true Repentance leads to mind transformation, heart transformation then life transformation.

true Repentance is not driven by fear, but exhibits worship.

 

- grace and peace

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