I read this today, and agree with the message:
The Doctrine of Repentance
What is repentance and how can I define it in a non-technical matter that would allow the average person not only to understand but grasp its meaning and be able to apply in their lives.
Through out the Scriptures, God is constantly calling his creation to repent. When his Children sin, he calls them to repent – not for salvation but re-instate their fellowship in the family.
Repentance and Faith go hand in hand.
Repentance means that we say “Lord, I have sinned. I’m sorry for it. I’m willing to change.”
But Faith, in a way means even more. That’s the way you come to Christ. You believe, and you act on your faith.
God commands repentance.
1. REPENTANCE IS REMORSE – but alone it is not repentance. Remorse is to be sorry, but it doesn’t necessarily change your course in the future.
2. REPENTANCE IS SORROW – but alone it is not repentance. It means more than what a child would pray: “Make me good, not real good, but good enough so I won’t get spanked.”
3. REPENTANCE IS CONVICTION – but alone it is not repentance. You may know you are a sinner before God. You may even stand trembling under great conviction but still not cross the line to Christ.
4. REPENTANCE IS FORSAKING SIN – and this is the real definition of repentance. It is a change of mind towards yourself, towards sin, towards God. It is a change of will, of disposition and of purpose.
Repentance means to say, “I’m going to forsake my sin. I’m going to submit myself to God and accept Jesus Christ into my heart as my Saviour and Lord. I’m going to stop my sin and never do it again. I’m going to trust Jesus for everything in my life.”
True Repentance also requires restitution – what can a child of God give back to God who owns everything? OUR FAITHFULNESS – OUR TOTAL OBEDIENCE to HIM.
“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4
God has been so good to America. The riches of His goodness are abounding. And how does America respond to God’s manifold blessings? We trample underfoot God’s goodness without giving Him a word of thanks. His goodness is treated lightly and taken for granted.
God’s goodness is His appeal for us to repent. He is forbearing and patient with us. Yet, we presume on His goodness, thinking we deserve it. When we fail to respond to His goodness with repentance, we are actually showing contempt for His goodness.
Paul continues by saying, “After thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath…” (Romans 2:5). God’s goodness and patience is like a dam holding back His wrath. The longer we enjoy His goodness without repentance, we are treasuring up wrath. It continues to build up until one day the dam of His forbearance will break and His wrath will burst forth like a flood.
The longer someone enjoys God’s goodness, but never repents, the more severe his judgment will be (read Matthew 11:20-24). America, take heed!
How do you treat God’s goodness? Never presume upon it? It is God calling you to repentance.
Miguel I will talk to you later about this,if you want to join in the debate fine
Definition Of Repentance
1. Repentance is not an emotion, but is an attitude that leads to a specific action. Repentance is changing your mind about your sin and about God. It means turning from your sin and toward God.
2. It is an attitude that chooses to confront failure rather than to ignore it.
3. It is not just a one-time action concerning our salvation…it is an attitude that confronts and deals with failure in every area of our lives.
4. It isn’t very popular today, because it requires us to honestly confront sin