Repentance

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Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the faithlessness of the returned exiles, gathered around me while I sat appalled until the evening service. Ezra 9:4

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of Castle Church in Germany and the Protestant Reformation began swelling, the first of his 95 theses said this:

“our Lord and Master Jesus Christ… willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”

Tim Keller says, “On the surface this looks a little bleak. Luther seems to be saying Christians will never make much progress in life. That, of course, wasn’t Luther’s point at all. He was saying that repentance is the way we make progress in the Christian life. Indeed, pervasive, all-of-life repentance is the best sign that we are growing deeply and rapidly into the character of Jesus… In ‘religion’ the purpose of repentance is basically to keep God happy so he will continue to bless you and answer your prayers…In the gospel… the purpose of repentance is to repeatedly tap into the joy of our union with Christ to weaken our impulse to do anything contrary to God’s heart.”

“Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.” Charles Spurgeon

“Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.” J.I. Packer

J.C. Ryle said, “Christ is never fully valued, until sin is clearly seen.”

“Repenting means experiencing a change of mind that now sees God as true and beautiful and worthy of all our praise and all our obedience.” John Piper

Remember the purpose of repentance- “to repeatedly tap into the joy of our union with Christ to weaken our impulse to do anything contrary to God’s heart.” May we do just that.

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