“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance” - -Luke 3:8
Repentance isn’t fashionable these days. Many people want the blessing of having their sins forgiven without turning from their sins. But faith in Christ involves a change of mind about our sins and a renunciation of them. To repent means not only to renounce but to repair the damage done by sin. It is a change of mind that results in a change in one’s life.
Much so-called repentance is telling God we will change if He will get us out of a tight spot. But its shallowness comes to light when the pressure is off. Two shipwrecked sailors had been drifting on a raft for days. In desperation, one began to pray, “God, I know I haven’t lived a good life. I’ve lied and cheated and done many things I’m ashamed of. But if You save me, I promise I’11--” “Hold it!” interrupted his shipmate. “Don’t say another word! I just spotted land!”
When John the Baptist preached repentance, he called for right action. Soldiers, for example, were not to intimidate anyone, nor to accuse people falsely, and to be content with their wages (Luke 3:14). These actions would prove the sincerity of their response to John’s message.
On the first Pentecost festival following the Lord’s resurrection, sinners were told to “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to obtain the remission of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Sequel to that, the inspired apostle Peter charged the audience by saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation” (Acts 2:40).
If one truly believes Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, repentance and water baptism will surely follow faith and make it valid before God. So, repent and follow through by being baptized for the remission of your sins. - Borrowed and adapted.
Repentance is to leave the sin
That I had loved before
And show that I am grieved by it
By doing it no more. -Anon.
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