We read in 1 John: God is light and has no darkness. God is love. God is the beginning and he is truth. We read about the fellowship of Jesus Christ who cleanses us from all sin. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word. He is our advocate and the Holy Spirit abides in us.
Sin entered the world in the garden of Eden. Eve decides, she can have something even though she was told to leave it alone. How many times does this happen to you? You know you should not do something or say something which is not right. You feel it in your heart and know it just doesn’t sit right with you.
1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God had made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
We are all born of sin because sin entered this world when Eve did not obey God.
Psalm 38:18 For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sins.
From the Websters Dictionary of 1828:
1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.
2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.
3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.
Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God.
Paul reminds those in Corinth don’t forget to repent. When you repent it must be more than just for a short time.
How many times do we only repent for a season?
II Corinthians 7:8-10
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Parable of two sons – read Matthew 21:28-46
Who truly repented?
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
The good news is: Jesus died for all sinners on Calvary.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
Have you repented of your sins today?