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Repentance is not for you

May 21, 2010

I am glad there is no repentance nazi like the soup dude on Seinfeld. But in this case if there were, he might be right in this case.

There comes a time when no matter how we feel we are with God we must grow up. We must leave grade school at some point. We must move onward towards meat away from the milk we have grown more than comfortable with.

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. (Hebrews 5:12-13)

How many sins are we unrepentant of. Laziness? Lust? Drugs? Addictions? Gluttony? Pride? Unforgiving? How long is your list. I know mine seems to grow as they all should grow when the holy spirit illuminates these sins in our lives that we may have been blinded to. Yet “repenting” as so many people tell us to do over and over is not a phrase we utter. It is an act or a way of life.

Repentance can only be granted from God. Repentance is not say Lord I repent of (fill in the blank). Repentance is not for you. Repentance is a sacrifice. Un-epentance is selfish and is idol worship. Repentance is giving up something for the sake of loving God and loving a neighbor so that God can hear your prayer for them. Be always at a fast when it comes to your sins. You or I for that matter cannot “loving” serve others is we are in open unrepentant or repetitive sins.

What I have come to learn is that in my un-repentance is that I have a failure to love. Its not only turning away from your sin. But it keeps the focus on ourselves. It fails both great commandments. We fail to love god by sinning. By not repenting it keeps the love on ourselves and not others.

After repentance the journey does not stop there. It goes on. It matures. It leaves grade school.

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

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