REPENTANCE (By Deaconess Joseph Akogun Mary Nike)
Webster gives the definition of repentance as to feel such regret and dissatisfaction over some past action or intention as to change one's mind about it or to change one's way.
When someone sincerely turns away from sins or wrong doing is called repentance. In this case one must truly sorry for his or her wrong action, or for example when someone says sorry for what one has done wrong and promises not do it again.
Some Steps toward repentanceare:-
Acknowledgment of the sin Feeling "godly sorrow," or genuine remorse, for sin
making restitution when possible by, apologizing to those wronged, or returning stolen goodsAsking God for forgiveness;abandoning the sin and taking steps for righteous living.
Aim: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" (Matthew 3:2)
The Bible calls us for sincere repentance, therefore causes one to change his sinful direction and bear a worthy fruits.
The worthy fruits: Luke 3 7-14 (NTV). “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “---Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content withyour pay
Why do we need to repent?
To receive forgiveness for our sins, to live a godly life so God can dwelling in us and to receive salvation from God.
Even if our repentance leads to pain and sorrow, Bible compels us to do it, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Corinthians)
The Bible says repentance leads to confession of sin to: -
- God : “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah” Psalm 32:5 (KJV). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
-To ourselves:- “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.—" (James 5: 16.). If you know the one you wronged, go directly to him and say sorry. See the parable of the Lost Son Luke 15: 12-end. (Luke 17:3-4) So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
Conclusion: "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13). Do not be stupid like Judas Iscariot, he knew he sinned and went to hang himself. “'I have sinned,' he said, 'for I have betrayed innocent blood'" (Matthew 27:3, but be wise like Peter “Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. “Matthew 26:75
Therefore Bible says “God "commands all people everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32
Furthermore, the declaration of Jesus Christ shows us that the purpose of His coming and ministry was to call 'sinners to repentance'. This shows the impotence of repentance in the life of his followers. Anyone who doesn’t repent will not partake in His salvation. Let us examine ourselves
Prayer: - Psalm 51.