True Repentance – Luke 3:3
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 3:1-22
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Luke 3:3)
John’s message was a call to repentance. There are some who mistake feeling bad or sorry about their sin as repentance. While it’s a good thing to feel bad about your sin, repentance isn’t about feelings – repentance is an action word.
Repentance is a change of mind, resulting in a change in behavior.
FACT: It is impossible to truly and fully change your mind without that causing a change in behavior. That’s why John the Baptist called people to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8).
Think of it this way: Your friend takes $20 from your change jar. You confront him, and he feels really bad about it. You forgive him. But the next day, he steals another $20 from your wallet. Your friend may feel bad about taking your money, but his sorrowful feelings haven’t changed his behavior. Your friend hasn’t truly repented, or his behavior would reflect his change of mind.
Repentance to salvation also causes a change in your mind about Christ.
If you think about it, its impossible to place your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior without first changing your mind about who He is and what He has done.
Whether it is repentance from willful rejection, or repentance from ignorance or disinterest, it is a change of mind. True repentance, in relation to salvation, is changing your mind from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ.
We can change the world, one life at a time…