By: Tim Sader
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
Last week we discussed offerings; we seen where they started, why we give them and the attitude we should have about giving. It is important to give and not rob God. If we have robbed Him today I have good news; now we can practice repentance as we learn about it today. It has been declared that repentance was not just for the Jews it was for Greeks and everyone else. We repent by turning to God and having faith in Jesus our Lord. When men who were Gentiles came to Peter asking Him to reveal the word of the Lord to them from his dream he knew the word was right. Even the Gentiles God granted repentance that leads to eternal life so that we all can be saved (Acts 11:18). This is good news to us who are not Jews because Jesus died for us to. If we have not repented to receive salvation this is the year to do it. There is no better resolution we can make than to repent of our sins and make Jesus the Lord of our lives. Repentance does not stop at salvation it is an attitude we should have in our lives so we can honor God and be free from our sins after we learn the error of our ways. Repentance is not a one-time deal and we are done; it is something we should do daily when we say our prayers. Chances are everyone has or will sin sometime today so today is always the day of repentance for us all. When the Godly have sorrow for what they have done it brings us to repentance and leads to salvation not regrets, but worldly sorrow leads to death (2 Corinthians 7:10). We do not have to look back on our past with regret because repentance brings us back to God whose only son is our salvation.
God judges us in the same way He judges Israel; which is according to our ways. We must repent and turn away from our offences so that our downfall will not be sin (Ezekiel 18:30). Anytime that God makes known that a nation or kingdom will be uprooted or destroyed and that nation repents, He will not inflict the disaster upon it He planned to do (Jeremiah 18:7-8). After Jesus fasted forty days and was baptized He immediately started preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near (Matthew 4:17).” This is true today, we should repent because the kingdom of God is at hand, all we have to do is reach out in faith and grab it. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:31-32).” We all are sinners and many of us believers still are so today we are sick with sin and need to repent for what we have done. In heaven there is much rejoicing in the presence of angels over one sinner who repents of their sins (Luke 15:10). As it is written the Messiah did suffer death on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day; so that repentance for the forgiveness of sins could be preached in his name to all nations, starting in Jerusalem (Luke 24:46-47). All of us therefore must turn to God for repentance putting our faith in Jesus for our salvation. A thousand years can be like a day to the Lord so He is not slow in keeping His promise like some may think. No, He is patient with us not wishing that anyone would perish but come to repentance and receive His love (2 Peter 3:8-9). Those who He loves He will rebuke and discipline; so that quickly we will repent (Revelation 3:19). Today repentance is crucial in our relationship with God; let’s make it our attitude this year and everyday forever.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16