The Fruits of Repentance

Why should we repent? “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19) for “your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2), but “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), for “…the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Eternal life… Something we all should strive for…

“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:9-11

True repentance should include:

  • “carefulness” to not sin
  • “clearing of yourselves” – “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].” Ephesians 5:11 and “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • “indignation” or hate for sin
  • “fear” of what sin can do to you so you don’t repeat it
  • “vehement desire…zeal…revenge” – desire to fix the sin and make sure that neither you nor anyone else repeats your mistake

Don’t just go through the motions. Live every day to its fullest. Live every day for God.

(Ideas  and some scripture refernces from Brandon’s lesson tonight – thank you, Brandon!)

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~ by Lady Molly on August 22, 2013.

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