But what does it mean to repent? What does it mean to live a life of repentance, and is there a difference? Is it possible to repent, but not fully live a life of repentance???
to repent (v) – to turn from sin & change one’s heart and behavior; to feel regret and contrition.
repentance (n) – a turning away from sin, disobedience, or rebellion, turning back from God.
Why did I put definitions of both (to) repent and repentance? Because one represents what you do once or twice, or several times after falling into sin, and another represents a lifestyle, fully turned away from the sin you committed. think about it, we all mess up, the sin we commit is just too much to keep count, but fully realizing that we are forgiven for our sin shouldn’t just be an excuse to keep sinning, or just repent and stop there. We all sin and fall short of His glory, but its when we get on our knees, ask God for forgiveness, and repent, that’s when our character comes out. if we’re just sinners who repent, or are we striving to live out a life of repentance day in and day out, our own cross on our back. I can’t speak for no one else but myself, and I can tell you right now, I used to think that repenting one time , throwing my hands up in the sky and hang my head and say “Lord, I’m sorry” was enough….
Boy was I in for a wake up call…
When we fall into sin, most of us seek forgiveness, half of those people actually repent and attempt to turn from God, surprisingly a select few of us really live and carry out that life of repentance.. That’s the sad reality of it.
When this pen hit the paper, my life reflected nothing of that of repentance just deliberate attempts to “repent”, ask God to forgive me, and go on about my life. Little did I realize that not showing my life as that someone truly forgiven, and reconciled by God, striving to live a life of repentance, actually sets myself up to fall again. I’m simply not putting the lifestyle of repentance as a good work, because we wont make it into heaven just solely on good works, but the bible tells us to live our life proving of repentance.
Because I don’t either show repentance from overwhelming guilt, I end up getting tricked by satan himself into never repenting of my sin & turning back to God. and that results in me completely missing out on what God’s purpose is for Jesus Christ, and my purpose as a believer in God.
God sends His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to forgive us of our sins, but its what He does in the process that leads those very few to repentance! The guilt from past and present sins may lead you to repent each of those times you fell, but its trusting in God’s perfect plan of Christ dying for us, His sinless life on earth, His undeserving, yet sacrificial death on the Cross, His unmatched resurrection from the grave, THAT is what leads us to repentance!!
The wonderful thing about God is that He will never reject a person with a broken and contrite heart.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. – Psalm 51:17
I feel I have that spirit that has been broken because of my falls and shortcomings. I want to be in that group of the few that lives out a life of repentance. not just someone who lives, sins, then repents. rinse and repeat..
You see the word repentance is a noun, which usually is a subject, person, place, or thing. To be repentant repentant is an adjective describing the noun in its every essence. Then to repent, repent is an action verb, which shows what the subject is doing. you can’t have the verb without the noun. You can’t just repent, and not fully live a lifestyle of repentance.
I saw this on a social networking page, and it caught my attention
Repentance isn’t getting caught, it’s coming clean
The reality is its a small group of believers that truly live a life of repentance. But god intends for ALL OF US to repent from our sins, turn back to Him, and live a life of repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that we have a patient God, and while He is patient, that does not abuse or take for granted His patience. He wishes for all of us to REPENT and TURN BACK TO HIM. LIVE A LIFE OF REPENTANCE, Don’t just repent one time, yes you’ll be forgiven but show your life proof of reconciliation with God, and Repentance. NEVER GO BACK!!!
Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. -Matthew 3:2
Prove by the way live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. -Matthew 3:8
“In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away” -Luke 15:7
“In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents” -Luke 15:10
“Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” -Acts 2:38
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. -2 Corinthians 7:10
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
-Psalms 103:2-17 [KJV]
Confession: “You wont believe what I just did, Lord.” Repentance: “Lord, I trust You to overcome what I did, not to do it again.”