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November 7, 2022
Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 7:9-11
What true repentance looks like
We read in 2 Corinthians 7:9-11:
9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Every time we sin, we can always go to Yahweh and ask for forgiveness. The Greek word for repentance means a change of mind. While this definition may be simple, it has a deeper meaning that we should all understand.
We can all repent for the wrong reasons. We repent because we got caught. We repent to avoid punishment. We repent to get the sympathy of others. We repent to look good.
No, that’s not what real repentance is all about.
True repentance leads to salvation. It is caused by godly sorrow. We sorrow and feel sorry for the sin that we have committed because of its negative on us and on others.
We feel sorry because our sin has caused the death of the Messiah. We feel sorry because it has separated us from God.
If we are truly repentant, we will produce evidence of it. In Paul’s letter, the Corinthian church’s repentance and godly sorrow produced the zeal and passion to change their ways and devote themselves to doing the will of the Almighty.
This shows us that for true repentance to happen, we should see a change in our lives. We can’t truly repent, say sorry, and just go back to our old ways. That’s not how it works.
We prove our repentance is real when we do our part when we turn back from our sins and turn to God. That’s real repentance.
No matter how emotional you are, no matter how many tears you have shed, and no matter how many promises you make to show how sorry you are, it will not count without the commitment to do better.
Repentance is and will always be asking for God’s forgiveness with the willing heart to change.
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