Posted by: Derek Guyer | January 27, 2009

ROTH Challenge #11

“They went out and preached that people should repent.”

Mark 6:12 NIV

We don’t talk about repentance very much. I asked a couple recently what it meant to repent and they said “Well, isn’t it asking for forgiveness?” That’s part of it, but only part. 

The problem with just asking for forgiveness is that anyone can feel bad for something they have done and even ask for forgiveness without doing anything to change. Paul understood this and clarified further about repentance in the book at Acts:

“…I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”

Acts 26:20 NIV

You can and should ask for forgiveness from God, your spouse, or anyone else for sins and wrongs you’ve committed. But, what value is it to ask for forgiveness if you don’t prove your penitent heart? If you’re truly sorry for things you’ve done wrong, then make the changes necessary. Ask for help. Seek the better way, and live within it.

Rise of the Home Challenge for this week: Don’t just confess you’re sorry with your mouth. Prove your sorrowful feelings with your life.

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