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Repent of your sins

(1st John 2:15-17)

The doctrine of repentance

God said to Solomon in 2nd Chronicles that if God’s people that are called by God’s name would humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn or repent from their wick ways; then He would heal their land. Repentance means to turn away from that which is considered sinful to that which is considered righteous. According to the Scriptures, anything that is not in total and absolute agreement with God’s word and will is sin. When we repent, we stop doing those things that are not in agreement with the Scriptures. We stop rebelling against God and start to live the way his word instructs us. As children of God, we are to turn away from our self-centered way of life.

The Scriptures refer to this way of life, as going after fleshly desires. 1st John 2:15-17 tells us to ‘stop loving the world and the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father’s love is not in him. For everything that is in the world—the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions, and worldly arrogance—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God’s will remains forever.’ This is a promise as well as wise instructs to be listened to.

We incorrectly believe that the expression desires of the flesh mean material desires. This term more accurately means the desires of the sinful part of man. This is the part of man that is in agreement with the way that Lucifer thinks. Desires of the flesh are rooted in the heart of man and it encourages us to think too highly of ourselves. The desires of the flesh encourage us to become so preoccupied with ourselves that we forget about God. The desires of the flesh encourage us to obtain the joys of life regardless of the cost to others or ourselves. The desires of the flesh encourage us to make the toys of life our gods. The reason many of us are in the shape that we are in today is we have been chasing after the joys and toys of this life. It is all right for us to have the joys and toys. However, if we are seeking the desires of the flesh, then we are not seeking God.

The call for repentance

The gospel is a call for us to repent. It is a call for us to change our minds, and to change our behavior. By repenting from our sins, we give glory to God whom we have offended. By having faith in God’s promise to forgive us, we give glory to Jesus, who came to save us from our sins. The purpose of God’s call for our repentance is to deliver us from the penalty of our sins. The results of our repentance are the remission of sins, spiritual cleansing, and a renewed heart.

When we repent, we allow the Spirit of God to bring the Scriptures into our heart. When we repent, we humble ourselves before God, and the Spirit of God brings us into obedience to the Scriptures. When we repent, God moves everything that hinders us from doing his will. When we repent, we show it by the good that we do. There is no way for us to avoid the penalty for our sins except by repentance. The same Scriptures that call for us to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand, advises us to repent or else we shall die.


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