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I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 (NKJV)

All too often, Jesus is sold in the pulpits of America as an accessory to ones' life.  It’s almost as if the pastor’s are saying, “Hey, why not accept Jesus, after all, you might as well be safe rather than sorry.”  It’s almost as if Jesus is being shared in such a way as to not be offensive.  But this is not what the Gospel Message is about—We don’t just add Jesus to our existing sinful lifestyle, we need to turn from our wicked ways–we need to Repent!

Q:         What does it mean to repent?

In laymen’s terms, it simply means to turn around, but it actually has a much richer meaning to it.  For a person to truly “repent” it means to make a radical transformation of their entire person, a fundamental turnaround involving mind and action and including overtones of grief for the sinful way they’re living—it results in fruit in keeping with repentance (Luke 13:3; Matt. 3:7-8).

When we come to an understanding within our mind of how God truly views our improper actions, we should find our hearts grieving about our participation.  We should find a genuine willingness to stop these actions and turn from this particular lifestyle. 

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)

John the Baptist preached “repentance” loud and clear, and Jesus did the same.  As we seek the Lord’s will for our life, and seek to live in a way pleasing to Him we will begin to see sin for what it really is—death and destruction.  When we turn from our sin and choose to walk in newness of life there is great joy in heaven. 

"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." Luke 15:7 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s ask the Lord if there is any evil way within our heart in which we need to turn from.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional what can we learn about repentance?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to repent of any sin within your life and then walk in newness of life?

APPLICATION: Let’s be willing to seek the power of the cross and then walk in newness of life.

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for Your forgiveness of our sin.  Lord show us any area within our lives where we need to repent.  Give us Your strength today to walk in newness of life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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