Day 1: Repentance

Day 1: Repentance

Repentance represents heartfelt sorrow for sin, renouncement of it, and sincere commitment to forsake it as we walk in obedience to Christ.
2 Corinthians 7:7-10

and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

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Paul differentiates between repentance and regret.

Repentance is from God, a sorrow that draws people closer to God and brings them to a place of confessing and forsaking sin. Regret is of the world; it drives people away from God. Peter denied knowing Christ; he showed true repentance and was forgiven. Judas betrayed Jesus; he showed regret and took his own life.

Too often, we only connect repentance to salvation. Do Christians need to repent? Jesus said that we do. Jesus said to His disciples, “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.” (Luke 17:3) And in the Lord’s Prayer, He tells us to ask for forgiveness for our sins.

Christians need to repent, not for salvation, but for restoration of close fellowship with God. In Revelation, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea to repent. He also tells us that he is standing outside, knocking on the door, wanting to be invited in so we can experience a time of deep fellowship. Christ’s rightful position is always inside!

Is there sin you need to confess? Is there a need to change and align yourself with God’s ways? Is Jesus knocking on your heart?

4 Comments

  1. Pastor Mark

    Some great comments:
    Repentance is a gift from God – it is a healing balm – it results in life – it produces assurance of salvation and verifies our security in Christ!

  2. Taralynn Tuning

    So glad we are doing this, this week! I don’t know about you but I just can never get enough!!! My favorite part of this verse is ” I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting.” and how it was put into words that I can understand, “AND SINCERE COMMITMENT TO FORSAKE” because we all fall, we all stumble. But it is our commitment to Christ to get back up and keep going. He does not expect us to be perfect but he does expect a serious commitment and with that comes trail and error and room for great success. He is Glorious! When we commit to trying but know we cannot be perfect it takes the weight of the world off our shoulders and helps us be faithful. He will carry us through the storms! ♥

  3. Marcy

    Repentance is such a wonderful tool for us, like praying… And like praying, can be so difficult for us to do. The devil does not want repentance, restoration, or for Christians to pray. When we utilize these tools, he is powerless.

  4. Amanda Taylor

    I read this passage a few times and then went back a chapter (and ahead a bit) to gain more context. It was really helpful to also read it in the amplified version (something I’ll do sometimes if I just want a little more insight) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+7&version=AMP

    What strikes me about the difference between regret and repentance is that, like so many other believers, I feel the need to “give myself more lashings” after having sinned, instead of turning immediately in humble repentance and then moving forward in the Joy of forgiveness, trusting that Jesus has paid it all…for ALL of my rediculous and often repetitive sins.

    Satan wants us all to stay in the mire of regret and shame. Jesus wants us to repent (turn) and receive his gift of forgiveness and then walk anew in truth. Not looking back. Not wallowing. Not bashing self over and over for what we feel like we should have learned long ago. But humbly standing, turning, taking Jesus hand and moving forward in truth. The truth that we are washed clean. Again. And as much as needed while living this vapor between now and heaven.

    This walking out the hard but right way is painful. Getting back up and recognizing that Jesus stripes were all-sufficient…that’s the work. Wallowing in regret is lazy and fearful and shows lack of trust in what Jesus says is true.

    I’m an expert at the wallowing and trying to learn how to put my shoulder into the action of quick repentance followed by renewed joyful purpose. Thanks for this timely reminder!

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