Rejoicing in Repentance

“Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ ” Nehemiah 8:10.

We either repent or relish in our sins.  The word repent can sound very legalistic unless you realize the true meaning.  To repent is to have a sincere regret.  Sincere regret cannot be accomplished through discipline or self will.   However, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, repentance turns to rejoicing.

From the outside of Christianity looking in, hearing words like repent and obedience sounds like a lot of work.  On the other hand, grace and mercy we all seek without realizing His grace and mercy is upon us with every breath we take.  His grace and mercy sounds easy but it came at a cost.  A very high cost.  Not wanting to lose a single soul to satan, God came to the world in the form of man, Jesus Christ.  Jesus suffered every temptation and was obedient.  The Lord suffered in the flesh for us to believe He was and is for us, not against us.  The Lord suffered for us to be reconciled with our Father.  As the representative of flesh and blood, the Lord became flesh and blood so He could die in our place, destroy satan, annul the power of death and is now resurrected, sitting at the Right Hand of God as our advocate.

“For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,  saying: ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.’  And again: ‘I will put My trust in Him.’ And again: ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.’ ” Hebrews 2:11-13.

The Cross of Jesus is what causes true repentance, not self will.  It is impossible to both repent and relish in our sin.  We may fail daily but Jesus will always meet us at the Cross.  Until we accept Jesus as our Saviour we won’t understand repentance.

Repentance then leads to rejoicing.  Rejoicing of His faithfulness to us even as sinners.  Rejoicing in the fact He knows what He’s getting when He got us.  Rejoicing in the fact He has already made a plan for us.  He has made a provision for every stumble we make as long as we meet Him back at the Cross.  We rejoice in understanding He is not ashamed to call us His brethren.  We are in fact rejoicing with the Lord.  He is our Lord and we are His children.  Repenting is not a hard when we realize it leads to rejoicing.  Rejoice in the Lord! – Donna Warren


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