“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”Matthew 3:2 ESV
Biblically speaking, repentance is absolute and ultimate unconditional surrender to God as Sovereign. In repenting, one makes a complete change of direction (180° turn) toward God.
In order to repent, you need to recognize you are lost and need a Savior. This is what happened in my life on that day 15 years ago. I couldn’t take one more step in the direction I had been heading for 26 years. I finally realized that, without God, I was utterly lost, going the wrong way down a road of destruction I didn’t want to be traveling on. The only way for me to get back on track was to turn around and go back to the place where I took the wrong turn.
My wrong turn was leaving God. My course correction was admitting I was lost and turning back to God in repentance. The best part? I didn’t have to retrace a single step. The minute I turned back, God was with me. Immediately. Why? Because God is rich in kindness and forbearance and patience. His kindness led me to repentance.
‘Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? ‘Romans 2:4
As we say goodbye to 2020 friends, I would ask you one simple question. Where are you? If, like me, you find yourself on a road to destruction, turn back. God will be there. He’s always been there. Kind, forbearing, patiently waiting to lead you to repentance.
Happy New Year ♥️