Summary: Knowing what repentance means and whatwe are to repent of.
I was talking with two men this week and started talking about giving to the church. One man said we need to give something to the church. I told them they needed to give a tithe of what they earned. We discussed what we were to give to. He suggested giving to the charities that we have asking us and that way you are helping your neighbor. I said that was good but a charity was not helping people know the way to heaven as the church does. The other man said things were getting to deep for him and the discussion ended. If people do not understand what it means to give to the church do you think it possible they might not understand some other things about the Bible?
Do you know what it means to repent? Do you know what we need to repent of?
Some people complain that Christians dwell on sin too much. The question is how much is “too much”? Remember, it only required ONE sin for Adam and Eve to be booted out of the Garden. On the other hand, is that, in fact, true? Only one sin? Let’s look at the situation. the serpent told Eve that she could not depend on God’s Word. Then he told her that she could be like God or more accurately, she could be equal to God, which in effect made her capable of becoming a god herself. the lie that epitomized the very reason Satan himself was booted out of heaven. Eve bought both lies, and ate the fruit, then gave some to Adam – who was standing right there the whole time and doing nothing to stop her. All of a sudden, the two most blessed people ever created had thrown God’s blessings to the ground and trampled them in favor of their own desires. Through their rebellion, the door was opened for sin and death to come into the world. Sin and death, sorrow and misery, disease and tragedy, guilt and depression, bitterness and hatred, unrighteous anger and pain, murder and adultery, perversion and pride. So, again, how much is “too much”? Again, what is the root cause of all problems in the world? I believe we would say Sin. What is the one thing that keeps us from having joy and a full life in Jesus? Sin. What creates misery and guilt and depression and anger and bitterness and all the other things listed above? Sin. Could it be that the real problem is that Christians don’t dwell on sin enough? "Stop sinning." Just what does this mean? Is it possible for a human being to be totally without sin? why would Jesus say, “Stop sinning?” Because He knows that although a sinless life is not possible, a heart turned toward Him and away from sin is very possible. A person who has repented of his sinful nature and turned his heart towards Jesus will sin less and less and less. When a person whose focus is pleasing Jesus commits a sin, he will feel total broken-heartedness. Once a person experiences that feeling of broken-heartedness, the likelihood of continuing to sin grows less. Day by day, the person learns what it really means to be free in Jesus. So, "stop sinning" is not a decree towards an impossible goal; it is an urging towards freedom.