“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”
2 Cor. 7:10
I always find it funny when people who believe in Jesus, out of fear or sin consciousness, make it a life style to repent ‘from sins of omission and commission.’ If you think God is angry with you as a Christian, then you need to repent.
However, you need to understand what repentance is, if not, you’d think that it is God’s will for you to spend your entire Christian life walking on egg shells, unsure if you’re in God’s good books.
Yesterday, we established that repentance was used for people who had a different belief system to change their minds and believe in Jesus Christ. We also noticed that the Jews most especially were told to repent in form of regret, because of what they did to Jesus. But their repentance was not expected to end in regret, they still needed to believe in Jesus for salvation.
In Acts 3:14-19, we see Peter calling the Jews present to such a repentance. However, the same Peter, when preaching to Cornelius and other Gentiles in Acts 5:28, does not mention repentance. It is important to understand the bible’s take on this, because many people, in an effort to preach the gospel, define repentance as making effort to stop sinful habits instead of a change of heart to believe the gospel of Jesus. As such, we have people trying to change their attitude thinking that it would bring them salvation, instead of having faith in Jesus.
That said, we must understand another definition of repentance which we find in Acts 17:29-30: “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”
Here, we see repentance as turning away from ignorance. The man in Christ must grow in the knowledge of who he is because of what Christ has done, and walk in the reality of it.