Repent? What’s Repent?

Years ago a friend invited me to Bible study.  I said, “No thanks, I’m not interested.”

She persisted. “We’ll get lunch afterward and we’ll have a good time!  I’ll be at your house at 8:30 tomorrow, so be ready!”

I thought to myself, “She’s becoming obnoxious!” I said, “I am not going!”

The next morning she was at my house at 8:30!  I was grumbling but I went.  Sometimes persistence can be good.  It was during the second week of this Bible study that I learned about God’s love and forgiveness for the first time in my life, and I fell in love with God.

I learned the most basic teaching in the Bible is that God loves us, even though we are ALL sinners. It does not matter who has sinned the most or the least. The Bible says if we’re guilty of only one sin, we are not clean enough to enter heaven.

Next I learned what sin is.  Sin is not simply robbing a bank or committing murder, it’s deeper.  Sin is living our lives independent of God’s control. Sin is an attitude of rebellion toward God, by saying “I will live my life—my good citizen life—my way.  That is what I had been doing.

I still remember my initial reaction when I learned Jesus had paid the full price for my past and even my future sins.  He was willing to forgive me and I would not have to endure hell or pay for any of my sins in any way. I thought I was hearing things!  This was astonishing news!

Jesus wanted to be my Savior and my Lord.  It was easy to take Jesus as my Savior.  It would cost me nothing. Actually, it’s priceless. We all want to know our sins are forever forgiven. We all want to know we have a free pass to heaven.

Yet it was different to make Jesus Lord of my life. That would not be so easy—it would cost. I learned the word repent means to turn around and go the other way.  I would have to step off the wide road of life and start walking the narrow road. There would have to be change.

Jesus once talked about the two roads in life:  The wide road has many people on it, yet it leads to destruction. The narrow road leads to life, but He said, “only a few find it.”  Only a few!

I realize now that we all start out in life on the wide road, because we all have that tendency to sin.  If we truly desire to follow Jesus and someday end up in heaven, we must get off the wide road. We must turn around and go the other way. We must follow Jesus.

  • Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.    Matthew 7:13-14
  • They went out and preached that people should repent.    Mark 6:12
  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.   Romans 3:23
  • For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.    James 2:10
  • SONG: INTO THE LIGHT By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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7 Responses to Repent? What’s Repent?

  1. DAVID says:

    Kathleen nails it again! Thank you for the reminder, THE ROAD IS NARROW AND ONLY A FEW FIND IT. Let’s make sure we are on the narrow road!

  2. Linda Simson says:

    I was amazed at your friends persistence. Most Christians today are not as confident enough in their faith to not take “no” for an answer. We are so concerned about being polite and non-offensive that we miss opportunities. On the other hand, perhaps she just knew you really well?

  3. Matthew says:

    I was impressed by your friend’s persistence!

  4. Kathleen says:

    As was I! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, perhaps more Christians need to be more persistent–not in an intentionally rude way, of course–like your friend was toward you. The result would be more people on that narrow road.

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