Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent. Revelation 2:5
Jesus called men to repentance. No retreat of that command has ever been issued. Any effort to avoid that requirement has proved futile. From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 We cannot bypass it, we dare not dilute it, we must not dismiss it. It has to be an action word for us for the term of our natural lives.
Repentance is a pre-requisite to continued spiritual growth. It is the first thing to do when convicted by the Holy Spirit. It is the one thing required of us before God takes over in reclaiming our sin-ruined lives. Pleading for pardon can only be effective id SIN is realised in our lives and readily recognised as repulsive. Repentance precedes forgiveness!
Repentance is not a once-in-a-lifetime exercise. It needs to be practiced on a daily basis. Step Ten says “Now that I am in the process of change, I will check myself daily to make sure I am not slipping back into my old ways and if I am, I will take steps to rectify it.” God has provided this means of grace and we can never cease in the process of repentance. (we will never stop making mistakes)
Sin is the failure to live up to God’s standards of living in our day-to-day lives. It is backing away from God’s will and disregarding His live and truth. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, Romans 3:23
Repentance is the message of recall when we choose to say ‘No’ to God. It is the word of encouragement to recapture when we make a mistake and get it wrong.
ThankYou Jesus, that I can come to You in prayer for help when I get it wrong. Save me from my sin, and keep me from repetitive failure and error.