Over the past few days the word “Repent” has been highlighted to me repeatedly.
Repent according to the KJV Dictionary Definition is known as:
To feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; as, to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he himself has done or said.
To express sorrow for something past.
To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct.
In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God’s holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence.
In essence to repent is the action of recognizing your wrong, being sorry for it, deciding to make a change for the better and actually doing the wrong no more. It involves making what I would call a 365 degrees turn around but from living in wickedness into a life that pleases God.
We must understand that God is ALWAYS SPEAKING. Whether we hear, choose to hear or choose to listen or not, He is always speaking. Right now I have recognised the call to repentance. God desires us to repent from our selfish ways of living and turn to Him completely lest we perish. It isn’t His will that we are consumed, that’s why there is a call before His wrath is released. If you hear the voice of God today, Repent and turn to God. Go before Him with a sorrowful heart and listen to the areas He wants your true repentance from. He wants you to come to Him because He actually wants to purify your heart and save your soul. If you hear His voice harden not your heart for tomorrow may be too late.
In Isaiah 55:6-7 he calls out to us:
The choice to repent can move God’s heart and He can actually relent. This is what we see in Isaiah 55:6-7. He actually wants to extend His mercy. We also see this in the book of Jonah. Jonah was called to go to the wicked nation of Nineveh to warn them. Upon hearing the prophetic word of the Lord through Jonah they decided to turn to God and in His mercy he relented. God is merciful and today He is giving you the period of Grace to turn to Him.
His hands of mercy are stretched out! Reach out to Him in sackcloth and ashes. Surrender to Him and He will forgive you
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14