What else is the will of the Father that we may please
Him so that we can go to Heaven? Jesus says in Luke 13:3, "I tell
you, no; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."
It is either repent or perish; the choice is ours. But Satan does not want
us to repent. Acts 17:30, "Truly these times of ignorance God
overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent."
All people everywhere, and that includes you and me, are commanded of God
to repent. Repent of what? Repent of our sins. "If we say
we have no sin, we deceive ourselves; and the truth is not in us" (1
John 1:8). Repent of not fully serving
and following all that God says.
God is pleading with us to repent.
He greatly desires
that we turn to him. He tells us in 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not
slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but
that all should come to repentance." God wants us to repent so we can
be saved. He is patiently waiting on us. But eventually our time will run
out. The longer we put off repentance, the harder our heart gets.
Repentance is not just being sorry. 2 Corinthians 7:10
says, "For Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not
to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death."
one is only sorry he got caught, then this will not lead to
repentance. Godly sorrow helps bring on repentance.
Repentance is not sorrow for sin, but one cannot repent without
being sorry he has sinned. “Let
the wicked forsake his way…let him return to the Lord, and He will have
mercy on him…for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
In repentance, one must first understand he has sinned, feel sorrow
for the sin, and then stop and turn away from that sin. Repentance is a change of heart and a change of mind. We must make up our
mind to stop living life our way and start living it God’s way. It is
making up our mind that henceforth we are going to serve God with all our
might and do everything He says. Matthew 22:37, "Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
mind." In other words, we must do it with all of our being.
Paul says, “Shall we continue in sin that
grace may abound?
Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2).
To show our repentance we are to “Therefore
bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Matthew 3:8).
Why should we repent of sins?
“For the wages of sin is death”
Spiritual death is separation from God in eternity.
Unless one repents he cannot go to Heaven, but will eternally
suffer the torments of Hell.
We must give up our sin and “Therefore do
not let sin reign in your mortal body” (Romans 6:12).
“He who covers his sins will not prosper,
but whoever confesses and forsakes his sin shall have mercy”
Repentance is a change of heart, which results in a change of actions for
the better. Without repentance we cannot receive forgiveness and be
saved. Where we spend eternity, in Heaven or Hell, is determined by
our repentance. All of Heaven is anxious for us to repent.
Jesus says, "Likewise, I say to you, there is
joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents"
Romans 2:4 says, "Or
do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering,
not knowing the goodness of God leads you
to repentance." God has been so good to us, and this should cause
us to want to please Him in every way. God, because of His love for us,
has done so much for us, and because of this we read in I John 4:19,
"We love Him, because He first loved us." This should cause us
to want to repent and do all the things that He has asked us to do,
otherwise we do not love God. Jesus said in John 14:24, "He who does
not love Me, does not keep my words." 1 John 2:4 says, "He
who says 'I know Him', and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and
the truth is not in him." Do you know and love God and
If you do, you
will want to do everything that He says. In John 14:15 Jesus says,
"If you love Me keep My commandments." Are you willing to show
your love to God by repenting?
Questions Lesson 11
1) (Luke 13:3) If we don't repent
(click on the button of the answer of your
We will perish.
God will overlook it.
We will go to Heaven anyway.
Satan wants us to repent.
3) (Acts 17:30) God commands all men everywhere
To live the way we choose.
To enjoy themselves.
repent is a command of God
5) (2 Peter 3:9) God wants
No one to repent.
Only His favorites to be saved.
All people to be saved.
God does not care if some people are lost.
7) (2 Corinthians 7:10) Godly sorrow
Does not produce repentance.
Repentance is just being sorry.
9) (Matthew 22:37) How are we to love God?
With all our heart, soul, and mind.
When we feel like it.
When things are going well.
Loving God does not require our entire heart, soul, and mind.
11) (Romans 2:4) What leads us to repentance?
Our own goodness.
Our not wanting to please God.
The goodness of God.
The goodness of God does not cause us to repent
13) (John 14:24) Those who do not love Christ
Will keep His commandments.
Will not keep his commandments.
Want to be pleasing to Him.
our love for Christ by keeping His commandments.