Repentance and Forgiveness

This will be my last post on the subject of repentance.  I hope this series has been of some benefit to you.

In closing out the study of this subject I would like to look at how the aspect of how repentance and forgiveness are connected. Let’s start by looking at Acts 5:31

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

When we think about why Christ came to this earth we remember the idea of him forgiving us of our sins.  This verse also mentions repentance going along with the idea of forgiveness.  We have to make a change in our lives in order for God to forgive us. This comes about by repenting according to the scriptures.

One benefit of that forgiveness is mentioned earlier in the book of Acts in Chapter 3, verse 19

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

I am sure we can all remember a time when we wronged someone and they  forgave us what we had done.  It is a wonderful feeling.  What an even greater feeling to be can be forgiven by God and have the ability to draw close to him.  I can remember when I was growing up going to the tobacco barn to check on the temperature during the curing process, which could be around 150 degrees.  After only a few seconds it felt great to get outside for a breath of fresh air. Compare that to getting out from under a lifetime of slavery to sin.

Since God is willing to forgive those that repent, we should be also

Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

When many people look at this verse they may say that a person that does the same thing wrong seven times in a day did not truly repent.  That is not for us to judge.  Satan has the ability to confuse people and trick them into making the same mistake over and over.  I think most of us have to look further than our own lives to understand that.  This verse makes it clear that since God forgives, we should also.

This concludes my study on the subject of repentance.  I hope it has been of some benefit to you.  Please leave a comment if you have any additional thoughts on this subject.

 

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