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Why Repent? by orchardblog
May 18, 2005, 12:50 pm
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Repentance is one of those words that I believe gets misused, especially in faith-based (evangelical) cultures. I believe scripturally repentance is a must and should be understood purely from its original definition, which means a “change of mind.”

When Jesus said “Repent the Kingdom of God…” or when the Apostle Paul said, “It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.” The truest form in which Jesus and Paul were trying to convey was this…HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND or CHANGE YOUR VIEW. Why do we need a change of view? Well, let us suppose that we have offended someone, lied about something, cheated on a test (or taxes…sorry I had to throw that one in there), or some other obscure wrongdoing. Typically, because of the way we are wired up by God, we will have a prick in our heart or to simplify it, we will have a “bad feeling” about what we did. God’s intent is that in the process of repentance that you have a change of mind (and view) of your wrong doing.

Instead of coming to God in prayer, many avoid God, assuming that God needs some “cooling down” time. Not so. Repentance, from God’s perspective, ISN’T for God’s sake — it is for our OWN heart’s sake. Repenting (or the confession) of our sins (or a better definition “missing the mark”) is not primarily something that God has us do because HE needs it. God is not clutching tightly on his mercy, as if we have to pry it from his divine fingers like a child’s last cookie. We need to confess it in order to heal and be changed.

The essence of repentance in prayer is a way for our hearts to process the wrong doing. Repentance and confession is an ACT OF GRACE. That is why the scripture says, “Let us therefore come Boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to HELP in the time of need.”

What is the writer saying to us today? He is saying, “Listen, one of the greatest times that grace and mercy will empower you, is often when you are in a time of need.” What is the key word here that we MUST see? The word “need.” When do we need the grace and mercy of God to permeate our hearts? When we’ve slipped. When we’ve messed up. When we’ve missed the mark.

So, if you are struggling with repentance avoidance. Then, make today an important step in allowing your heart and mind to have a “change of view.”


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