Hello everyone and welcome to the Week in the Word.
I pray all is incredible with you and that you are experiencing the fullness of joy that only comes from our Heavenly Father through His One and only Son, Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah.
For this week’s topic I’d like to share what is meant by repentance and how it’s much different from merely being sorry.
How often have you found yourself apologizing for something, only to turn around and do it again? Simply being sorry for doing something wrong isn’t repentance. We can be sorry time and time again, and yet never be free from the sin that is entangling us.
We can tell God we’re sorry, but unless we repent we will not be forgiven.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
Paul goes on to reveal the fruit of godly sorrow in verse 11 “or see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”
Godly sorrow is not merely being sorry for our rebellious acts against God. It’s taking action not commit those acts again. In fact, it’s choosing every single day to walk closer to God and further away from the lifestyle we once lived prior to giving our lives to the Messiah.
Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:10-12 reads, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
There is no hope of forgiveness from our sin outside of receiving the blood sacrifice Yeshua/Jesus made for us.
Sin very simply is a part of our human nature. In the beginning we desired to be like God. Today we continue to seek to please ourselves more than anyone else. We choose every day to attempt to be our own gods. However, this will only result in an eternity without God and without hope.
God is love. Life outside of God is void of love. An eternity without the presence of God is an eternity in complete suffering.
Repentance is the first step in receiving God’s forgiveness.
There are a variety of ways to explain repentance, however below was Compiled and Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff on 2/4/2015 and explains what is true repentance.
“True repentance leads a person to say, “I have sinned” and prove it with a 180-degree change of their direction.
Repentance requires true brokenness.
Repentance is NOT asking the Lord for forgiveness with the intent to sin again.
Repentance is an honest, regretful acknowledgement of sin with commitment to change.
Repentance leads us to cultivate godliness while eradicating habits that lead into sin.”
Yeshua/Jesus taught very plainly in Luke 9:24-27, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
The cross is death to self. It’s death to selfish ambition. It’s death to our desires to be one with the world and our flesh and instead become alive with Messiah Yeshua.
Right now, Jesus is reaching out to you. He desires for you to be with Him for all eternity. Contrary to what some may believe eternity doesn’t begin once we die or pass from this life. Jesus tells us in John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Eternity begins with knowing Him and living for Him. Eternity begins with repentance.
If you think you’ll have time to repent and accept Jesus on your death bed think again. None of us are promised tomorrow. In fact, all of us are only one heart beat away from stepping from this life into eternity. Living a life passionately following Messiah is truly the only way to experience true joy, peace, and unconditional love.
Yeshua doesn’t promise us easy times as we follow Him. In fact, he says in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Repentance isn’t easy. However, it’s necessary.
God will provide you His grace. God’s grace is healing, will help you, will lift you up, and give you refuge and strength and will lead you to salvation.
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”
If you do not know Yeshua/Jesus as your Lord and Savior now is your time for repentance and receiving the gift of eternal life that only Yeshua can give. Pray to Him today.
“Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. I believe you were born of a virgin, were God in the flesh, died on the cross and arose on the third day and now you are seated at the right hand of the Father until your return. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Amen.”
Begin reading the bible. Begin praying. Find a church share the joy of your new life and be baptized. Life in Messiah is true life.
Thank you for reading this week in the Word. Next week, God willing, I’d like to share what the Lord has placed on my heart regarding the end of days and what He is desiring from His church.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. May He turn His face toward you and give you His shalom.