Turn Away from Sin
God calls all of us to turn away from sin. To repent. To practice repentance.
So what is repentance? Why are we called to repentance?
The best place to start is to understand the definition of repentance and what God’s view of repentance is. How our generation understands the word and if our version is acceptable to God.
DEFINITION: the action or process of repenting especially for misdeeds or moral shortcomings. Merriam-Webster
Biblical repentance is about denying self and living according to God’s will.
Read Matthew 16:24-27
“24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what good will it do a person if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a person give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every person according to his deeds.“
What will you give in exchange for your soul?
Acts chapter 2 in verses 36-38 reads: “
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what are we to do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.“
New birth is connected with repentance. Peter the Apostle details how someone comes to Jesus Christ in this chapter. Thousands obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ that day.
Well, what do people repent of?
The primary area is self-governing of one’s moral standards. The standard is God’s standard, not man’s feelings and standards. The Holy Scriptures detail the most aggressive sins that cause the most harm to our world.
Read Galatians 5:16-21
“16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the desire of the flesh is against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, in order to keep you from doing whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.“
If you repent and turn to God in obedience, you will enjoy the power of the Holy Spirit. The following fruit of the Holy Spirit will grow in your life:
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” – Galatians 5:22-24
Repentance Requires Obedience
Everyone Needs Repentance
Be Willing to Live in the Light