Day 3: Repentance Devotional

Day 3: Repentance Devotional

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

Repentance, like faith, is an intellectual understanding that sin is wrong; an emotional approval of Scripture’s teaching regarding sin (sorrow for sin and hatred of it); and personal renouncement of sin and the will’s decision to forsake it and obey Christ instead.

Genuine repentance will result in a changed life! Jesus invites sinners, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He immediately adds, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”

To come to Him includes taking His yoke upon us, being subject to His direction and guidance, learning from Him, and being obedient to Him. If we are unwilling to make such a commitment, then we have not truly placed our trust in Him.

When the Bible speaks of trusting in Christ, it frequently connects trust with repentance. In Luke 24:46-47, Jesus told His disciples,

This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations.”

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It is important for us to note that repentance and faith are two different aspects of the one event of conversion; two different sides of the same coin. We should live each day with this heartfelt attitude, seeking forgiveness of our sins and placing our faith in Christ to provide for our needs and to empower us to live for Him.

How have you seen faith and repentance work together in your life? Can you think of a time when you experienced those both? What fruits resulted from that time?

3 Comments

  1. Amanda Taylor

    This is so good! I’ve never studied the necessary pairing of these two, but it’s so true…When we realize our own depravity and desperate need of a Savior, it’s at that point (initially and then over and over again on our walk through life with Jesus) that the faith we long for, rushes in like a river unleashed! Conversely, I’ve seen over and over in my own life, when I allow self-sufficiency and pride to creep in…what acompanies those sins is always doubt.

    I also love the mental picture of the ox laboring and toiling through life…head down, trudging…and then the gentile and humble Jesus offers his yolk that leads the ox away from the dirt-field of the unending “work” of life, to the green pasture where he finds true rest and purpose. Life with Jesus doesn’t remain all green pastures and ease, there will be trial, but with His yolk securely fastned, we can trust that where he leads us there will always be peace…as long as we keep taking on the His yolk (trust in Him).

  2. Pastor Mark

    How amazing is this passage from Luke because they followed the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and came just before He ascended into heaven. They stand as this wonderful reminder – “Repentance for forgiveness of sins…” Jesus said proclaim this everywhere and to everyone that “in My name” forgiveness comes to all who stop trying to labor for it themselves and repent – make a U-turn it is available through Me for FREE! This results in REST and PEACE! What seems so difficult to do because as daily living water for the soul!

    One man pointed out when talking of faith and repentance;
    “It seems to me that faith and repentance are simultaneous. They come at the same moment. There could be no true repentance without faith. There never was yet true faith without sincere repentance.” … they are like the Siamese twins; they are born together, and they could not live apart, but they both must die if you attempt to separate them. Faith always walks side by side with his weeping sister, true Repentance. They are born in the same house at the same hour, and they will live in the same heart every day, and on your dying bed, while you will have faith on the one hand to draw open the curtain of the next world, you will have repentance, with its tears, as it lets fall the curtain upon the world from which you are departing. You will have at the last moment to weep over your own sins, and yet you shall see through that tear the place where tears are washed away.”

  3. Sherman Allen

    I have learned over the years that the burden Jesus places on us is light. When I get into trouble is when I feel the need to fanagle the situation and “help” God.

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