Why Is Repentance So Vital?

Matthew 3:2
Mark 1:15
Revelation 2:5 & 3:19

Repentance – it’s a huge barrier for so many people!
In one sense, who wants to be singled out for change?
In another respect, who wants to be told by someone acting holy that they require corrections? Third, who is foolish enough to believe that time is short?
After all, two thousand years have past since Jesus
established His Church. And finally, isn’t repentance for
people in serious trouble/danger – perhaps great for someone else but not me?

OK, I’ve listed just a few Scriptures above for the verb
form “repent”.  What I’d like to discuss is why repentance is great for those who are coming to a relationship with Jesus Christ. However, I believe that repentance is far greater for those of us who are already His!

The greater one’s spiritual progress/fruits/walk etc.
the greater need for repentance to maintain our
momentum, so to speak. Rather than an annual medical check-up, or an emergency trip to the mechanic when the car breaks down, we need to CONSTANTLY work with the Scriptures and Holy Spirit to monitor
ourselves as we renew the mind/new creation/new
man in Christ!
Much like brushing my teeth is not about problems,
but rather about prevention and good stewardship;
repentance is one of those tools or exercises that is promised to keep us in good shape through Grace by the corrective action of the Holy Spirit both motivating and being motivated by our change of heart.

Many of us live under varying degrees of spiritual oppression, and it’s a serious challenge NOT to become insulated or accepting of the corruption around us, especially when we think we are “untouched” by it. Therefore, we all need to examine ourselves, and constantly rebuke sins in WHATEVER form the evil one is throwing at us – most certainly
in the mind/heart, before they can take root and produce weeds/problems for us later.

Having a living relationship with the living God means that if we feel so secure as to loose concern for our salvation, we better think again – quickly!

I know that my words could easily be twisted here, but I’m simply encouraging as many as possible to be as vigilant as possible to safeguard what has been entrusted to us by the power of the Holy Spirit, and not rest in past actions of faith, but to press on toward the mark!

Editor’s Note: Repentance is also vital to us who belong to Jesus Christ because we have much more

at stake to lose if we neglect such a great help!

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