JOY IN HEAVEN WHEN WE REPENT
Luke 15:7 (KJV)
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
REPENTANCE IS COMMANDED, NOT SUGGESTED.
Jesus commanded ‘repentance’. After John was imprisoned, Jesus took the message of repentance, and the first words of His sermons were to repent.
Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
GODLY SORROW PRECEDES REPENTANCE.
GODLY SORROW MAKES US ENTER INTO THE PROCESS OF REPENTANCE.
Repentance must start with ‘godly sorrow.’ If one is not truly sorry for their sins, they cannot truly repent. Repentance without ‘godly sorrow’ brings more guilt, shame, confusion, and deceit. Therefore, those who have tried to imitate true repentance, have soured on the fake, see it as sickening, and fight all who do then preach for true repentance. They have tasted the poison of false repentance, and are sickened and angered by anyone mentioning true repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:10-11 (KJV)
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
If ‘repentance’ is true repentance, it brings sorrow for sin, a new carefulness to avoid those sins repented of, a feeling of a weight being removed from your person, an indignation against the damage the sin has done to you, a fear of ever being bound again by the sin, a vehement desire to serve the Lord without sin, a zeal to serve Jesus, and a willingness to revenge upon yourself any slip or fall back into that sin. Repentance brings a knowledge of approval from God, that repentance has done a work in you, and grace from God now abides upon you. Those are radical changes of mind, changes of attitude, that the godly sorrow for sin has wrought through repentance.
Repentance is a ‘change of mind’, a turn from following or being bound within sin, to a new direction, a new way of thinking, a transformation of the sinful mind, to one that seeks the righteousness of Jesus.
Ezekiel 14:6 (KJV)
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.