God asked Israelites (his people) to repent from their sins to qualify for his blessings.
God emphasized that holiness is important to him, and it will automatically attract his blessing.
(People who repent from their sins and serve God in holiness will enjoy his benefits).
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 1:16-20).
Important Lesson on Repentance of Sin
Repentance matters to God. It opens the door of opportunity for Christians to get blessed.
Repentance also saves people from receiving God’s punishments.
Everyone must understand that God is more interested in repentance of sins than to see sinners suffer consequences of their actions in hell.
In order words, Jehovah is interested to bless his children than to punish them.
Repentance will open God’s doors of blessing that include salvation, protection, and provision.
An exercise of repentance will save a person from incurring the penalty of sin – which is eternal damnation of hellfire.
Repentance Must Have Clear Definition
Fact No. 1
A person who chooses to take the proper step of repentance must do so with a contrite mind.
He (or she) mustn’t do so to only satisfy conscience, or someone else.
Repentance must be clearly exercised to meet God’s standard of grace and blessing.
*Do not exercise repentance to appease yourself or anyone else.
*Exercise repentance to appease God!
No one should attempt repentance without a personal conviction of wrongdoing.
A repentant sinner must have evaluated his past action and conclude they displeased God.
Fact No. 2
A person who engages in repentance must avoid using a general statement.
He (or she) must express his mistakes and genuinely ask God’s forgiveness.
A repentant sinner must mention to God what he is being repented of.
It is affirmative and convincing for a person to spell his mistakes to God, and genuinely ask him to forgive them.
Fact No. 3
It is important that anyone who intends to exercise repentance must follow the proper protocol set by God.
A person asking for forgiveness of his sins must do so by mentioning the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ sacrificed his life in exchange for the sins of humanity.
He shed his blood to appease God for our sins.
Hence, no one will be able to receive God’s forgiveness without mentioning the name of Jesus Christ.
No one receives the repentance of sin without mentioning the name of Jesus Christ.
It is written:
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 KJV).
Jesus Christ offers a license for sin cleansing through his blood; the forgiveness of sin can only be obtained through the power of his resurrection
A person who exercises repentance through Jesus Christ will be forgiven and be saved.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 4:14-16 KJV).
The Blood of Jesus Christ Washes Sins Away
Jesus Christ is the propitiation for sins.
Jesus Christ suffered and died in the hands of his persecutors.
He was hanged on the tree and wore the crown of tore.
Jesus shed his blood till death on the cross and was buried in the grave.
Christ resurrected on the third day and offered his believers salvation and eternal life.
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we shall receive forgiveness of sins, and thereby qualify for the kingdom of God.
Adverse Effect for Those Who Intend To Invade Repentance
Repentance is not a choice but a must for everyone.
Since no one can claim absolute holiness, it is important that we all confess our sins and repent from them.
A person who refuses to repent from his (or her) sins risks the punishment of eternal damnation in hellfire.
God who is notable for being merciful will have no other option than to exercise harsh punishment of hell on the unrepentant sinners.
Repentance Leads to Salvation
All people – without exception – must repent from his or her sins to be saved.
Have you confessed your sins to the Lord?
Have you repented from your sins and promised God to turn a new leaf?
Have you prayed to have the grace needed to live holy and acceptable life before God?
Do not hesitate to take a step of repentance.
Use this opportunity to break free from the bondage of sins, and qualify for God’s eternal benefits on earth and in heaven.
Prayer of Repentance and Ability to Live Holy Life
Dear God, I understand that I am not a perfect person; I am a sinner, and I come humbly before you today to ask for the forgiveness of my sins.
I confess all my past sins. I am sorry for them all, and I ask for your forgiveness.
Please forgive my sins.
Cleanse me from all my unrighteousness and qualify me for your eternal blessings!
I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.
I profess my faith in him, and I obtain my holiness through him.
Please empower me through your Holy Spirit to keep living a pure and acceptable life before you, so that I can inherit your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.