God would have it that my last sermon would be about John the Baptist and his message of Repentance. Sometimes we can confuse what repentance is with other ideas. Here are a few:
- Guilt is a prison that will keep you perpetually bound and unchanged.
- Remorse enslaves you in sorrow that engulfs you emotionally and leaves you feeling sad, depressed, hopeless, and unchanged.
- Regret is self-pity that is focused more on your own personal loss than on the pain or loss you caused to others or to the heart of God, and it leaves you unchanged.
BUT Repentance is a quality decision to change — and when genuine repentance occurs in a person’s heart and mind, you can be sure the Holy Spirit will release His power to effect change in that person’s life and lead him to freedom!
The way we prepare to meet our Lord is to repent. My last challenge to you as your Pastor & friend is to live a life of repentance.
Have you really repented?
Some people have pastoral issues because they haven’t really repented.
Some people are double minded with either guilt, remorse or regret, but haven’t really repented.
Some of you have truly repented because I see the fruit of repentance in your lives. Praise God for your love of Jesus! Praise God for your willingness in wanting to serve Jesus and seeing Him being honoured.
My prayer for you is that you will continue to grow to be more like the Lord Jesus. That will mean a life of repentance, the best preparation for a fulfilled life and life eternal.
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him'.