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Repentance

Today’s post is from a seminar on Repentance.

Repentance is a change of mind and intentions that aligns oneself with God’s righteous purposes that result in a change of behavior and outward manifestation. To repent means to change one’s direction. Example:If you are traveling South to Texas and found out that you are going North instead of South, you must repent. Meaning, you must get off the highway and turn around and go south. You MUST change directions.

This 6 letter word has its origin with God. The word repent is first mentioned in Genesis 6:6 and it has reference to God repenting (Even God Repents!) The scripture says “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the eath, and it grieved him at his heart.

In this scripture there are 2 key words that we will look at 1. Repent 2. Grieve.

God repented-the people were so disobedient, and contrary to what they were taught an so disrespectful until God hated that he made man.The term repent or repented does not imply that God made a mistake in His dealings with men, but rather indicates a change in divine direction, resulting fromt he actions of man. This is called an “Anthro-Popathesim”-A human emotion applied to God; describing the pain that it caused God by the destructiveness of his creations.

The word grieve means to upset someone by intentional disobedience and non compliance to the word of God. This happens when one refuses to comply or cooperate and cause anguish purposefully or non-purposefully. To cause pain and undo-suffering because of disobedience! To aggravate instead of participate. To throw a wrench in the progress of a program or arrangement.

In Matthew 3:1 there came a man of God preaching in the Wilderness named John the Baptist and his message was “Repent ye for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

In the Greek, the word repent is pronounced (Metaneo)which means a change of mind that results in a change of conduct. But that doesn’t mean anything unless you change your behavior. Repentance is not merely to be sorry. True repentance involves a change of mind regarding God and Sin and is often accompanied by a sense of sorrow and a corresponding change in conduct. This kind of repentance does not arise within man himself, but is the result of God’s mercy in leading man to it.

In order to do better we as women of God must repent as we go along. When we don’t line up with the Word of God, we must repent! We must make His paths straight, we must straighten and prepare our life in a right relationship with God in order to prepare for the coming of the Lord. In verses 8-10 of the 3rd chapter of Matthew, John the Baptist saw the Pharisees and Sadduces coming to his baptism and he challenged them to know that baptism was not another religious ceremony, but an outward show of an inward repentance, and that it was not for those who refused to repent or were self-righteous. When John saw them coming, he had but one question to ask them and it was, “where is your proof of repentance?” When one repents from lying, his proof is that he stops lying and so on.

John was saying to them that he doesn’t want to just hear words of repentance, but he desired to see the fruit of it. A tree is known by the fruit that it bears. Genuine repentance proves itself by the fruits of a changed life. John then rebuked them for their belief in Nationalistic Salvation, that is trusting in their forefathers, their pedigree, or their religious thought. They said, “we have Abraham to our father,” which meant that they trusted in their physical descent for salvation, rather in God which would have constituted a spiritual relationship to Abraham the “Father of Faith”. You are not saved by the length of time you have been in the church, but you are saved by obeying God’s word and repenting when you get off and do wrong.

It’s very important that we not take advantage of God’s goodness, just because he doesn’t strike you down when you know you are disobedient. You still have not gotten away. God has a time on the calendar for you because you’re going to reap just what you have sown. We often say, God is good all the time”, but do you not know that God is good to some of us to get us to repent. His goodness is supposed to lead us to repentance, not self-righteousness. Paul says in Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

If you are out of order with God, not obedient to leadership, God’s goodness is only to get you to see how right God is and how wrong you are so you will repent. If one refuses to repent, the only thing left for him is judgment and you know that judgment must begin at the house of God, and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (I Peter 4:17)

So the scripture reads in Roman 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Verse 6 speaks to the fact that God will render to every man according to his deeds. In verse 7 he begins to talk about the 2 kinds of rewards, the reward of the repentant an the reward of the non-repentant. Verse 7 speaks of the repentant reward “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life. Verse 8 speaks of the non-repentant reward. “But unto them that tribulation and anguish are contentious (self-seeking, inclined to argue, belligerent) and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.” Verse 9-Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; Verse 10-But glory, honor, and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.

In the book of Jonah, there was a city that was so wicked that God swore that he would destroy, unless they repent. God being such a loving God, who is not willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance; commissioned Jonah to go to Nineveh and tell them that judgment was upon their heads and that the calendar date of of their destruction was right upon them. “But God, who is rich in mercy sent Jonah with a message that had the remedy to save the city and that was to repent. For God said that he would destroy the city in 40 days unless they repent.

Let us all take a look at ourselves in the mirror of God’s word. Let us not willfully sin, but always have a repentant heart in case we have sinned. Self-examination is an important activity when when living a godly life. God is ready and willing to cover every fault in the blood of His son Jesus Christ. The bible says, blessed is the man who’s sins are covered.

-Jenn