Thursday, 21 April 2011 19:16
Repentance meets the deepest and most universal need of mankind. Where is the man who does not sin – in thought, in word, in conduct? The apostle John says: If we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” And if all of us sin, and at our best come short, have we any greater need than to confess it, turn away from it, seek the help of God in forgiveness and a better life?
Will every human soul finally come to repentance before God? Yes; but many, the Bible tells us, will wait until their repentance will mean nothing – until, in fact, it will prove a hollow mockery, until no power in God’s universe can change their fate. Man can and often do reject God’s call and sin away all opportunity for repentance just as the Scripture tells us of the great multitude finally turned away (Luke 3: 23-27).
Repentance represents the highest test of human character known to Holy Writ. The true test of character is not whether one has sinned or not, nor yet how greatly one has sinned; but only (1) how deeply and genuinely has he recognized his awful guilt before God and (2) how honestly and fearlessly he has confessed and forsaken his sins before God.
For instance, this country is considered as the most corrupt in Southeast Asia, and governance is an issue of the heart. If the heart of our leaders is wicked, even the best kind of system will be corrupt. But if the heart of our leaders is righteous, even the worse kind can be improve. True repentance and righteous living will make this nation truly blessed.
Yet, it is not the corrupt man, nor the crooked man, nor the contemptible man who repents before God – these types of men rarely, almost never fully repent. It is the great man who sees and knows and feels and confesses his sins. It is the good man, who like God is hurt to the depth of his being by sin – sin anywhere, but most of all the sin in his own life – and who goes to God in deep and genuine repentance to make it right.
Repentance is the highest privilege claimed by the holiest men of Earth and time. Repentance cures the greatest sin and becomes the greatest curer of all sin. God’s call to repentance is the final call to your soul and my soul, and all men everywhere, not simply to secure forgiveness, but to be made forever into better and greater, higher and holier men and women, after His likeness.
The Bible tells us, that if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The anointed King, David, sinned a sin against everything high and holy. And yet when he came to God in the greatest experience of repentance known to any man in history (see Psalm 51:1-17), God graciously and wonderfully forgave him and blessed him (Psalm 32:1-6).
There is a God–given time for repentance. (1) Repent while life lasts – there is not a shadow of a suggestion that one may repent unto salvation after death has come. (2) Repent while the gospel message still appeals to you. (3) Repent while the mind is normal and can understand God’s truth. For most people, repentance must come in youth or never at all. And most urgently, before the door is shut, One must repent today – Tomorrow never comes!
Take note: “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
By: Bro. Paeng Santos
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