Today, I have been reminded of the necessity of and the blessing associated with godly repentance. As a believer, I recognize that as the Holy Spirit reveals sin in my life, I must take time to repent and commit to serving Him. Godly repentance involves turning away from sin to God and producing the fruit of a transformed life.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 (ESV)
When it comes to true godly repentance, they will never regret it or the sorrow that led to it. If a believer truly repents, there is a change that happens in their lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. It was said of the Thessalonian church, “For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” 1 Thessalonians 1:9 (ESV)
This life change affects the behavior of the person and produces fruit that signifies that transformation. However, it is more than trying to be better, but the root of the change is spiritual which affects behaviors! Unlike the “sorry of the world” that Paul describes.
Remorse, self-pity, wounded pride, and manipulation will never have the transformative power to save, heal, or redeem a person’s life. It only produces guilt, shame, resentment, anguish, despair, depression, and hopelessness. For those who live in this type of sorrow, they will never experience freedom until they fully repent and submit themselves to the Lord.
It begins with Christ!
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