For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Repentance is the turning from sin; a sincere decision to forsake sin and to return to God in obedience to Him. In order for us to have a full fellowship with God, there needs to be repentance from the sins that continue in our life. God commands that we obey His Word and He gives us the Holy Spirit to illuminate our minds and give us revelation. Even revelation of sin in our lives.
We are encouraged by the Word of God to repent. “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV) And again, ““Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.” (Ezekiel 14:6 NKJV) Jesus even said, “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-16 NKJV)
Scripture says that all humanity has turned away from God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NKJV) Turning away from God leads to spiritual death. Sin keeps us from a relationship with God. Sin separates us from Him. We must return to God. If we return to God, He will return to us. “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 1:3 NKJV)
You might ask, how do I return to God after turning away from Him? It begins with prayer. Prayer demonstrates our dependency on God. So first we must acknowledge that we are sinners and we must confess our sin. God then offers forgiveness of our sin through faith in Jesus Christ. God promises, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV) Then we must turn back towards God and turn away from sin. “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:11-14 NKJV)
Friend, repentance from sin is an important matter in our lives. We must turn toward our Redeemer and turn away from our sinful nature. God’s Word says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV) Choose Jesus. Jesus is life and gives life. You can begin the journey of repentance right now if you choose. Yes, repentance is a journey. The more we seek God in our repentance, the more God reveals to us. This journey is called sanctification and it’s a process. But God will complete what He has begun in us. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV) Will you pray this prayer today?
Dear Lord, I acknowledge my sins and know that they are an abomination to You. I am a sinner and I come before You in humble repentance. I forsake sin and desire to have full fellowship with You. Forgive me Lord and wash me clean by Your blood. Have mercy on me, O Lord according to Your love for me. Cleanse me today Lord of my sins and create in me a clean heart. Renew, O Lord the right spirit in me and restore to me the joy of my salvation. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!