Repentance (Through the Gospels)
Repentance is one of the pillars of the Christian faith. Without it, there is no spiritual growth. When one realizes how deep sin really runs, they will be wise to keep a lifestyle of repentance at the forefront of their lives.
We are prone to wander. Our flesh and hearts are ever wandering to exalt itself above our King. Thus, God has given us the gift of repentance to realign our hearts to His. Jesus began His ministry proclaiming repentance. Repentance means to change the way we think which will impact the way we live.
Many Christians confess their sins, but they do not repent of their sins. Confession is to acknowledge your sins while repentance is to actually turn from your sins. Who repents? The one who dearly wants to live for God. It is not enough to feel ‘bad’ about what you did. You must have an internal allegiance to the glory of God. The reason why we repent is because a Kingdom greater than our kingdom is at hand. Jesus says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” If Jesus is our King, His Kingdom will prevail into our lives. Thus, the true child of God bows his knee to the King and yields his entire life to the King’s service.
Everything about us must bow and surrender to our King. We must repent and turn from all our sins and live for His glory and Kingdom.