Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Why Do I Need To Repent?

We hear that we must repent and it sounds offensive like a criticism. We react saying, "Whose business is it, and what does it matter?"

On the other hand being told to repent and turn away from sin and its corrosive consequences may be one of the most loving things some one can say to you. Jesus responded this way...

"There were some present there who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilot had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, Do you think that these Galileans were worst sinner than all other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you too repent you too will perish." Gospel of Luke 13:1-3. NIV.

Christ is qualified to say this. He was the most loving person who ever lived and his life of love was consummated in his self-sacrificing death on the cross for our sins. He was the greatest teacher who ever lived and silenced his critics with such clear insight that "No one dared to ask him any more questions, ( Luke 20:40).  Even the guards sent to arrest him declared, "No one ever spoke like this man." (John 7:46).

Most religious thinkers agree that to repent is to turn around; as if one was going one way, then stops and turns around back the way they came. To repent is an act that states God is right and we are bringing our lives in line with his righteousness.

We may not like to be told that we are doing something wrong but if it is The Lord who says something is wrong we have no recourse because God is the ultimate authority.  He is the Holy One who is himself pure without sin; and being without sin he can't admit us into his grace, or favor, or heaven, or relationship because he would be guilty by association.

God is our creator and he is the Lord of the universe. He has the right to judge; first as the creator and second as the Lord Ruler of all.

We may not like being told we are involved in a sin; but Jesus tells us if we don't turn from our sin we will perish. It is wise to suffer the discomfort of admitting our wrongdoing and turn from our sin now than to be faced with it in the before the Holy Judge in Heaven.

Jesus used the word perish, there is no mistake, he did not teach a second chance, Purgatory or reincarnation.

Christ lived love. He is the one who said, "There is no greater love than this that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. We may be offended to be told we are a sinner but we should be humbled that our sins cost the greatest man who ever lived his life, and grateful that he gave his life willingly. His death on our behalf took away our sin and through him we can come to God.

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(C) Adron