More than ever the Church needs to encourage and model repentance. So she can become the Bride worthy of Christ’s return.
But many Christians have forgotten or have not learned. Biblical love is not a greeting card platitude. Our responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the Church— the body of Christ.
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord. Measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love. Growing in every way more and more like Christ who is the head of His body— the Church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work. It helps the other parts grow so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:12-16
This king of love is not popular because many are unwilling to…
Be confronted, rebuked, ridiculed or persecuted.
Admit to selfishness, laziness or having weaknesses.
Confess or confront sin.
Accept responsibility for failed relationships.
Submit to discipline.
Choosing to ignore what Jesus boldly proclaimed. The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel. Mark 1:15
This proclamation announced to mankind and to the supernatural realm that if men and women will repent. Turn from their ways to God’s. Life as they know it will change.
What man had given away in the Garden of Eden would be restored.
All God’s blessings would once again be available to man.
Evil would be overthrown.
Mankind would be released from the bondage of self, sin, and satan. Because anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone. A new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
So why do many in church leadership prefer to remain silent on the subject of repentance?
Could it be they are fearful of the personal and financial repercussions if…
Both church members and visitors left church feeling worse than when they entered.
Working out your own salvation with fear and trembling is not optional.
You are expected to confront evil without flinching.
You are no longer able to maintain a façade of perfection.
Yes, confrontation may be a bitter pill to swallow.
The Lord convicts us of sin and unrighteousness. Because 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. 2 Corinthians 7:10
A sorrow experienced by King David. It was his willingness to confess his sins and to turn from them— to repent. That forever inscribed his name in the annals of biblical history.
Repentance is an ongoing process. One contingent upon an authentic and intimate relationship with Papa.
Is your relationship with the Lord one of adoration, authenticity and intimacy?
List 3 things you would like to change about your relationship with the Lord?
(Excerpt from I AM The Change Maker)