Thursday, May 30, 2013

Signs of True Repentance

My pastor, Richard Caldwell, concluded last night's sermon by listing five signs of true repentance, as seen in 2 Corinthians 7:5-11.
  1. True repentance is grieved by godly admonition. It doesn't get angry about being confronted.
  2. True repentance doesn't stop at the point of grief. It leads to a change of course. It goes from grief to decision.
  3. True repentance leads to salvation, not to death nor to depression nor to destruction. It lead to Jesus, to freedom from sin.
  4. True repentance longs for holiness. It doesn't long for a return to sin. 
  5. True repentance is ready to demonstrate a new course. It understands why can't instantly forget about what was done wrong to them.
I needed to hear those things. My repentance has often been merely external.

What does your repentance look like?

You may want to listen to the whole sermon, which was an introduction to Zephaniah, in English or Spanish


Rik no Orkut said...


Bill Ragle said...

"It is contended that our forefathers placed too much emphasis on poignancy of grief as a necessary element in true repentance, in so far as they permitted any idea of merit to attach to the experience. Yet surely they were right in insisting on a deep and genuine upturning of the soul. In our age we have swung to the other direction. We seldom hear the old prophetic cry, "Break up your fallow ground, sow not among thorns" (Jer.4:3). This generation, with all its religion, has lost the sense of sin... The plow of conviction is never driven deep into the human soil."
Herbert Lockyer, All the Doctrines of the Bible, 1964


Jim Swindle said...

Bill Ragle, it's good to hear from you. You shared a very good quote.