Turn Around

There is a much needed emphasis today that seems, for the most part, to be absent. I speak of repentance! Some tell us that this is a "work" so cannot be required, as salvation is strictly by grace. Keep in mind that repentance is granted to us. See Acts 11:18b. Repentance was preached by John the Baptist, and "Repent" was the first recorded word of Jesus’ public ministry. It was preached by Peter, Paul and a number of others. It played a prominent role in the early church and down through the centuries. A definition that I have found to be helpful is: A change of mind, leading to a change of heart, leading to a change in behavior.  It is a complete turn around and a whole new direction away from sin and toward God. See II Corinthians 5:17. There may be "falls" and "sidetracks" but the true believer gets up (with God’s help) and back on track and resumes his or her walk in the new direction. ( Note: It will sometimes require God’s chastising and correction, which may be painful). Don’t shortchange the significance of this word!   Selah!  Think where the church might be today in purity if this work of God were better understood. Acts 20:21: "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."          Ron

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