The Life-Renewing Power in Biblical Repentance
There is life renewing power in biblical repentance. No matter what you've done. Haven't done. How good or bad you are. Or think you are. Biblical repentance starts a whole new life.
Wow! Why then doesn't everyone repent? Maybe because biblical repentance is misunderstood. So let's look at what biblical repentance is and the life-renewing opportunity it presents.
The Life-Renewing Power in Biblical Repentance Begins With a Decision
There's a popular stereotype of red-faced preachers, worked up in an angry frenzy, pounding on pulpits and demanding congregants to repent from sin. It's an image that promotes condemnation and fear. And often turns people away from the Christian faith.
While Jesus never condemned people for their sin, he clearly called them to repent. And his message holds true today. So what did he mean?
The Greek word for repent that Jesus used is Metanoeo, which means to change one's mind. But even more, it's a change in direction. A spiritual U-turn that turns away from sin and turns to God.
You may experience emotions when you repent. The Apostle Paul discusses a godly sorrow that leads to repentance. But emotion is not a requirement.
What is required is to engage your will. For you to willingly profess and actively follow Jesus Christ.
The Life-Renewing Power in Biblical Repentance Involves a Life-Long Practice
Also, repentance is not one and done. Yes, there is an initial change of mind. A decision to turn from sin and turn to God. Declare your willingness to follow Jesus as the Son of God. And in that moment you are spiritually renewed and transformed from the inside out.
This starts your new journey of faith. Where God's Spirit lives in you.
But you're not done. You will have to repent on a regular basis for the rest of your life. Because your past doesn't simply dissolve. There are experiences, pain, emotions and scars that remain. And perhaps consequences of behavior.
Yes, you are new and transformed. But old patterns of behaviors and habits will present themselves. Along with the temptations of a real, spiritual enemy who wants you to fail. And while God's Spirit now resides in you, so does your sin nature. So you won't win every battle over sin.
But you will experience ultimate victory. Because God's forgiveness and mercy are overflowing. So repenting on a regular basis becomes an important practice in ongoing spiritual renewal.
The Life-Renewing Power in Biblical Repentance is a Spiritual Partnership
The Prodigal Son Bible parable pictures God as a loving father who desires a relationship with you. Who waits eagerly for your homecoming, rushes to meet you and celebrates your return.
It confirms that repentance is not just one way event. But the start of a dynamic relationship. Where God is an active agent. Who calls you to repent. Might even be calling you now. Are you listening?
And beyond repentance, God's Spirit empowers you. Intercedes on your behalf. And guides you on a spiritual journey of discovering and following His will.
There will still be hardships, challenges and setbacks. Jesus warned that discipleship has costs. But at the same time, it's a forward-moving journey. One with a promise and a prize.
And totally worth it.
Chip Tudor is a freelance copywriter, published author, playwright and pastor. He publishes drama at www.chiptudor.com, books on Amazon.com, and articles on his blog. Copyright 2021 Chip Tudor Communications. Republished with permission.