Two Ingredients of Repentance

By Aaron Jeffers

 

Psalm 94:17-19  “If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.  When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.  When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”  ESV

 

God loves you more than he hates sin.  That’s what I read when I see the Cross.  2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The way a person embraces this repentance is by seeing that the love and patience of God is a gazillion times bigger than man’s ability to sin.  You must see and believe these two attributes of God for your soul to receive the fuel it needs to have powerful and sustained long-lasting repentance.  And the simple answer is to see the powerful, sustained, long-lasting patience and love of God toward you.

Think about this: David penned Psalm 94 under the Holy Spirit’s direction.  At this time in his life, the world, his emotions, and circumstance would have labeled him a murderer, adulterer, traitor, prideful, coward, and thief (and I probably missed some).  But God said David was a man after God’s own heart.  Why?  Because David saw God’s heart of patience and love toward him.  David was consoled in the worst of times because God was his consolation, even in his worst failure.  David could see the light of God in his darkest hours because he knew the patience and love of God was enough to bring him through any trial.

Romans 2:4 solidifies these two factors that bring about repentance saying, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”  Don’t despise these riches.

Aaron F. Jeffers, a freelance writer, pastor, chaplain, and speaker, currently works with hurting children in residential facilities. If you or your group or church would like to book Aaron for a conference or speaking engagement, contact him at www.freetoliveministries.org/.

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