Daily Living

True Repentance

Thoughts by Pastor Brad...

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death (2 Corinthians 7:10).  Charles Spurgeon comments on this passage in this morning’s devotion by saying; When we repent of sin, we must have one eye upon sin and another upon the cross, or it will be better still if we fix both our eyes upon Christ and see our transgressions only, in the light of his love.  Spurgeon continues; True sorrow for sin is eminently practical. No man may say he hates sin, if he lives in it. Repentance makes us see the evil of sin, not merely as a theory, but experimentally–as a burnt child dreads fire.  This passage and the comments by Spurgeon convicted me to the heart this morning.  True repentance must have its root with a focus on Jesus and His love for us on Calvary.  He forgave us and wants us to experience that forgiveness by faith and through heart-felt confession of sin.  True repentance makes us see the evil of sin as a child dreads the fire after being burnt.  Do you dread sin like a child that was burned by the fire?  We repent not to be saved but because we are saved as Christians.  I think we all need to be more serious and specific in the area of repentance.  We can’t have victory unless we are focused on Jesus and ask for a godly sorrow that gives us the power to run from sin.