Repentance

Repentance is something that we need because we have all sinned against God. There is no forgiveness without repentance. Repentance has an element of humility and through it God lifts up those who come to him. It starts with the realization of the negative impact of sin. The Spirit of God initiates the process by revealing the true nature of sin and prompts people to turn away from it. Any confession of sin involved is just the beginning of that desired change.

God forgives people when they come to him in repentance. He does not forgive us if we do not confess our sins and ask for his forgiveness. We all need to realize that repentance and forgiveness of sin is not automatic. It begins with the act of our will. We have to be willing and we also have to purpose in our hearts to live the life of righteousness that God has mapped out for us.

When you purpose in your heart and set out with determination to live according to what the word of God says, then your new life will produce the fruit of repentance. In other words this is really what allows the life of God to manifest through you. Your way of life is not up to the standard of God, but his life meets that standard. The fact is that the experience with the Holy Spirit from your initial contact with him will help you to experience the word of God in a new way.

See what happened to a man who was touched by the word of God. In John 9:25 the Bible says, “He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” (KJV).  This Scripture refers to the blind man who was healed by Jesus. The man experienced God first hand through healing and his view about God was totally change compared to those who did not. We all need that experience with God. When you repent something must change to signify that your life is now headed in a new direction.

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3 thoughts on “Repentance

  1. Yes, a key teaching here is that we need God’s help – His Grace. Yes, we must turn back toward God, but we actually need God’s helping grace to heal – to be made whole again – and this takes time. St. Augustine of Hippo has written much on the “Doctrine of Grace.” Also, you are correct to say that a man must repent (stop sinning, turn back towards God and start doing what is good in the “eyes” of God) and humbly, truthfully and contritely confess the sin. In the Catholic Church, we are blessed in that we go to those authorized by God Himself to loose and bind and to retain and forgive sins, not that a priest personally forgives a sin, but that the priest acts formally and authoritatively as an agent of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Confession, in accordance with Holy Scripture and Apostolic Succession. It is a blessing because when we go, we know we are going to His designated authorities who have His Holy Authorization to loose and bind, retain and forgive on the Lord’s behalf. We then leave, after having been absolved, knowing and having absolutely no doubt whatsoever that every sin has been remitted. This is a great blessing, and we are strengthened with Grace through that act of total obedience. Thank you for your service done in love for Jesus Christ.

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