Repentance literally means to “perceive afterwards.” Hence, the word denotes a change of mind subsequent to an event or experience. From a biblical standpoint, repentance is a change of mind that results in a turning of one’s heart toward God.
One day, Peter the apostle stood before a crowd that he accused of having the Lord’s blood on their hands. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” he advised them (Acts 3:19). This verse reveals the importance of repentance. One, repentance is the means by which our sins are wiped out. Two, repentance ushers in times of refreshing from the Lord.
Repentance is not only required for sinners who need to be saved. It is also required for believers who have lost their way in sinful behavior. It is the latter scenario that I will speak to in this post.
For Christians, persisting in sin becomes a burden. That’s because the Holy Spirit indwells us, and He will not let us have peace when we persist in sinful behavior. This grieves the Holy Spirit. And He will convey that grief to us.
Sometimes, a Christian who persists in sinful ways will not be open to godly counsel about his conduct. He may even become angry with those who try to minister to him about his behavior. But the longer he persists in such behavior, the heavier the burden of sin will become. A genuine Christian can never have inner peace while persisting in sinful conduct.
Perhaps that’s where some of you find yourself today as you read this post.
The good news is that you can experience times of refreshing from the Lord, even today. He promises forgiveness upon repentance. His forgiveness removes the burden of sin, paving the way for times of refreshing.
Some Christians today downplay the subject of sin and the importance of repentance. They say because we are saved by grace and not by works. Yes, we are saved by grace, but God is still holy. And His indwelling Spirit will not allow us to persist in sin and still enjoy our relationship with Him. Hence, the importance of repentance. Through it, we can be liberated from the burden of sin and experience times of refreshing from the Lord.
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