To repent means to change ones mind, attitude or direction. It is to turn around or to make amendment. John the Baptist, Jesus and the early disciples called all men everywhere to repent.
Matt.3:1-8 ; 4:17 ; Mk6:7-13 ; Acts2:38 ; 20:20,21.
Have you ever travelled along a road and realised you were not going in the right direction? You discover you have taken the wrong road so you do a u –turn. Sometimes we have an opinion on someone or something and discover we got it wrong, subsequently had to change our mind. Repentance involves changing your mind or direction. It is more than just being sorry. You can be sorry for doing wrong, having a mistaken opinion or going in the wrong direction but not repent – not change your actions, attitude or direction. Godly sorrow always leads to repentance. It involves change. 2Cor.7:9-11.
REPENT FROM SIN
The Jews as a people had refused to recognise Jesus as the Messiah and they rejected Him. Peter responded to the amazement of the people at the healing of the lame man pointing out that it was not his power that did the miracle but Gods. The God of their Fathers who raised Jesus and of whom they denied and killed. Peter called on the people to repent. `Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out….` Acts3:19 In other words they had to change their mind and attitude about Jesus the One they crucified. Repentance involves changing your mind about sin and God.
WHAT IS SIN?
Sin means `missing the mark` and to fall short of Gods standards. Rom.3:23. To refuse to hear God and to disobey Him is sin. Acts7:57,60 ; Rom.5:12-21. All wrongdoing and lawlessness is sin. 1JN3:4 ; 5:17. Many think that by keeping Gods laws they will please God and be accepted by Him. However God gave His law not to make us better but to reveal sin. The law reveals what is right and wrong. His law shows us we are sinful because we break it and fall short of Gods requirements. 1Tim.1:9 ; Gal.3:19.
……I would not have known sin except through the Law. For I would not have known coveteousness unless the Law had said, `You shall not covet.`
The Law shows us what sin is and all have sinned. Rom.3:23. All are under sin…. Gal.3:22. Therefore just as through one man sin entered the world, death through sin and this death spread to all men- because all sin. Since Adam everyone has sinned. Rom.5:12.
Some say `I have not murdered , committed adultery , stole anything or got drunk.` Sin is not just breaking a list of laws or carrying out some gross evil act. Sin begins in the heart. Wrong thoughts. Jesus taught that anyone who is angry without a cause is in danger of judgement or anyone who lusts after a woman has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt.5:21-30.
Even to know to do good and not do it is sin. God wants us to turn from sin.
REPENT FROM DEAD WORKS
Have you ever heard it said, `I do the best I can. I`m not too bad, I try to do good and do no one any harm.`? Our best is not good enough for God. We all fall short of His standards. Rom.3:23 The Bible teaches that to break the Law on even one point you are guilty of it all. Jas2:10.
Remember to sin once a day in thought or act that is
7 sins in 1 week
365 sins in 1 year
3650 sins in 10 years
25550 sins in 70 years
That is a lot of sin.
The wages of our sin is death and through sin death came to us all. Rom.5:12 ; 6:23 ; Eph.2:1.
`Dead works` is a reference to the works or acts of sinful men. No matter what good acts we carry out, in Gods eyes they are dead – lifeless, obsolete, lost. Even our good, right, honourable and reputable acts are like filthy rags. Isa.64:6.
Repent. Change. Nolonger walk according to the course of this world-the way everyone is heading , disobeying God, rather change direction. Cf. Eph.2:1-3 Instead acknowledge and confess sin not covering it but turning from it. Psa.32:1-5 ; Prov.28:13. We break Gods Laws , fall short of His standards and our best is not good enough. We need God. TURN TOWARDS GOD.