Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Repentance

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

20th March 2011

Repentance is important.

John the Baptist ‘went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins’. (Luke 3:3).

Jesus said, “The time has come,”…“The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).

Peter, in his sermon preached on the day of Pentecost said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. (Acts 2:38).

Repentance is our turning from sin and the world to God. Without it we will not receive the salvation God has made freely available to us. It is something which we are commanded, and have to do.

The Good News of the gospel message that the church is to proclaim to the world is that God in his love and grace in Christ, has forgiven and redeemed the world and in Christ.

‘You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation’. (Romans 5:6-11)

God freely offers to men and women, the gift of salvation.

In the light of that free gift, the world is commanded to repent. In other words we are thankfully to accept God’s offer of forgiveness and salvation.

We must personally appropriate it.

‘…if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame”’. (Romans 10:9-10)
‘…Jesus Christ of Nazareth…Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved’. (Acts 4:10,12)

If the people of the world repent and turn to Jesus, accepting the forgiveness and grace that is already theirs in Him, then they will be saved.

But if they do not, they will be lost and will perish without the salvation of God.

God offers his love, forgiveness and salvation without condition.

His offer of grace does not depend on whether we accept or reject his love and salvation. There are no conditions or restraints on God’s side.

He goes on offering his love and salvation to the world.

On our side the only condition is that we must accept His gracious gift.

Have you repented? Have you personally accepted His offer of love and salvation?

He’s waiting for an answer.

Have a good week realising how much God loves you, and how much you need to come to Him.

Pastor Barry

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