ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me,    John 3:16-18

REPENTANCE,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”    5/13/20,    From Ken<><

Today’s Scripture   (Across my desk today from a church in Texas.)
“…The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!…” (John 1:29, NKJV)

The Lamb of God
In the Old Testament, the only way to have forgiveness for sins was to sacrifice an animal. Every year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would offer a sacrifice for his sins and the sins of all the people. If the sacrifice met all the requirements, their sins would be taken away, and they would be covered until the next year’s Day of Atonement sacrifice. This was an ongoing process of temporary forgiveness.  Jesus is the Lamb of God who actually takes away our sin. Now we can live with the confidence that all our sins—past, present, and future—have not just been covered, but they have been washed away by the power of His blood and death on the cross. We have an everlasting release. The price has already been paid, and you are forgiven. Don’t go around feeling guilty, condemned, trying to pay God back for your mistakes. Receive His forgiveness, receive His mercy, receive His love.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I am forgiven, thank You that I am redeemed by the blood of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You that the price for my sins has been paid once and for all. I receive Your love and forgiveness and refuse to live under guilt and condemnation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts,
Repent, a word study on repent:    [Search domain]    Meaning:   Repentance is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, which is accompanied by commitment to and actual actions that show and prove a change for the better. In Judaism and Christianity it is often defined as an action, turning away from self-serving activities and turning to God, to walk in His ways.

As to concerning past sins if with true repentance, forgiveness is a slam dunk and done in Christ Jesus,  Isa.53.  As for the present sins, with true repentance and change also God’s Gift is forgiveness is available.  As to the future, the potential is there but we also need to be aware of sowing and reaping.  That if we sow weeds, we grow weeds as James teaches us: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.”  Death here is a warning that the Christians could still miss heaven.   Please notice it is written to Christians.  John also covers it very nicely: “ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8:10 And please note there is the little conditional word “IF” which is used here 3 times.   Which means “IF” you do this then GOD will do that.  Which also means that our active free will is totally involved in our forgiveness.  And to get a better understanding of Repentance, Paul gives us some understanding in his letter to the Corinthian Church:   “ Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”  2 Cor. 7:9-11.   And in other words, true repentance carries the understanding that you totally commit your will to not go their again.  You have a new beginning in that area of excess like temper and a whole host of sins that we have learned the lie about to feel OK.  After the second time I painfully broke a bone in my right hand fighting, I never got into another fight.  I hated being teased but I also learned not to fight about it.  (early teens, hormone storms.)  So as we are really sincere about walking with Jesus we have to learn to repent from the ground up and change that way about how we live, completely. It is like the time that I tasted a very small Hawaiian red pepper.  That was it, never again.  While in the Army my vocabulary was mostly profanity.  When I became a Christian, I knew that it had to go, but what an effort to get my heart use to using new adjectives.   Bit my tongue a lot of time, especially having dinner with mom….  Whew!!!  But years later after working on it I had this happen.  I was running to do something and caught the center of my right knee cap on my bull dozer tread of my T340 cat.  It did not move and it tossed me backwards in pain.  But to my great surprise, I said very loudly, PRAISE THE LORD ! And I said to myself, “Where did that come from???”  And I realize that my heart had finally and totally shut the barn door on my profanity.  Then I followed with “Thank you Jesus” and the pain went totally away and I was on the go again.   But to me that is where true godly repentance take us.  And that is the kind of repentance that the Holy Bible shares with us.  Notice in the Revelation that the prophesy notes that those under judgment would would not Repent.  Rev. 2:21, 9:20, 9:21, 16:9 & 16:11   A touch of Mozart (1787) in black opera of where non-repentance goes: Their kind of thinking, but profoundly accurate.

Go our Creator God expect us to repent of anything not like Jesus.  I have attached a list of the characteristics of Christ Jesus so you can make a personal report card and see how you are doing, incomplete of course.  For John teaches us from Jesus: “ And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:16 -18 Be sure to digest this for the really deep meanings as there is much there between the lines.
Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful grace and mercy,    Ken<><

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