READ: Matthew 3:1-2; 4:12-17
- Both John the Baptist and Jesus preached repentance. They saw it as a critical response to God’s call in our life. Anyone who sees him or herself clearly realizes there is a need for change. Without that, we remain stubborn, sinful individuals. We all tend to do our own thing, call our own shots, and mess up our own lives. But when called to be accountable, we tend to blame someone or something else for our poor decisions.
- Scripture calls us to personal accountability. We are to face our own condition honestly. If we can not, we can not heal and grow. Once we know we have broken the relationship with God that was designed for us to enjoy, we can only do one thing, and that’s repent. We have to recognize we’ve gone in the wrong direction and reverse our course. Repentance is simply that, to change your mind and change your course of action.
- The word repent comes from a Hebrew word indicating, “to return.” Most of the time it’s used to describe what God desires, that we return to Him. Some have placed a negative spin on repentance by making it sound harsh or difficult. It’s really only a matter of realizing you’re going the wrong direction and turning back to the Father. That will require a change of heart and a change of mind. Those decisions will lead naturally to a change of behavior.
- How do you choose to explain the concept of repentance?
- What convinced you it was time to repent?
- What did your first acts of repentance look like?
PRAY: Thank God that He is willing to let us repent. Pray for a repentant heart. Commit yourself to a life of repenting whenever you discover something you are doing wrong.