Day 2: Repentance Devotional

Day 2: Repentance Devotional

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

True repentance results in changed lives! Scripture puts repentance and faith together as different aspects of the one act of coming to Christ for salvation. Trust in Christ (faith) and turning from sin (repentance), all occurring at the same time.

Read Luke 19:1-19 

Tax collectors have never been popular. The Roman government wanted to take as much tax as they could without tying up their own personnel. So they recruited locals who received a percentage of what was collected. These local collectors were hated and seen as bloodsuckers who profited off their fellow countrymen.blogpost2

Zacchaeus, a tax collector, wanted to catch a glimpse of Jesus and climbed a sycamore tree. As Jesus stood under the tree, He said, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”No one understood why Jesus would waste time on a person such as this. Yet, Jesus offered him mercy and grace. Zacchaeus’ response paints a picture of true repentance:

“Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

For Zacchaeus, it was a no-brainer; what he had to give up was nothing compared to what he was being offered.

Why would we want to cling to our sinful ways? The choice was clear to Zacchaeus. Is it as clear to you?


    Nancy Fehringer

    The thought I had while listening to Pastor Mark for the second time on Sunday (a wonderful privelege I try to take advantage of whenever I’m serving on the music team) was this: I spend so much time and energy in pursuit of COMFORT. But, in reality, if I pursue what is UN-comfortable for me, namely repentance (e.g. Turning from my own selfish desires and sin, and turning TO The Lord), then that is when I truly and actually find peace (comfort, tranquility, safety, well-being, contentment, etc., etc.). God leads me there in His great and wonderful mercy! (If I would only turn and let Him lead…)

    Michelle Leidner

    My life has been afflicted by many different types of bondage, and for each one I have had to be painfully broken for Christ to experience repentance and to truly depend on God and not in myself, there is so much freedom when you are in the will of God, which make me think of a lyric to a song…. You want freedom, but you don’t know how to choice! Thanks Pastor Mark
    Michelle Leidner

      Pastor Mark

      Great to hear from you Michelle – and Nancy: I mentioned Sunday that we avoid repentance yet we so need for the reasons we avoid it.

      Why is it hard to preach on repentance? WHY!
      Because Repentance implies failure, or sin, or willful disobedience!
      It means I was wrong, I did wrong!
      It shows a love for the wrong person ME or the wrong thing – the world!
      It calls for death or at least TO realize death appears to be the only option for me because of the path I have pursued.

      Why is it profitable to preach on or to pray for repentance?
      Why do it if it can be so painful?
      There are several reasons;
      Because 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!

      SO The reasons we avoid it are also the reasons we need it!

    Pastor Mark

    The point is if you are not longing to be set free from what God’s Word clearly declares to be sin then true repentance has not come.

    This is the Spirits work – but please do not ignore this working.

    You may say, “Hey I’m sorry the snake bit me!” but then you go back to playing with the cobra!

    Don’t tell me you’re sorry that the snake bit you and then go back playing in the snakes den! That is what works will get you.

    Repentance is not a sign of Works but a sign of the Working of God’s Holy Spirit!

    Or I know God’s Spirit is at work when the sinner leaves the snake pit!

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