I would like to know more about repentance.

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Speaker 1

So Mira is asking, I would like to know more about repentance. This is a while, there’s so much to be talked about here. So you guys are going to have to keep this one.

Speaker 2

Not going to do it justice.

Speaker 1

Yes, it’s not going to be done fully of justice. But let’s dive in.

Speaker 3

I can start if we can post Mark, chapter two, verse 1717. And it reads, when Jesus heard it, he said to them, those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. It’s a beautiful illustration that Christ is using, of which most of us are very familiar, especially during this time of quarantine, that when you’re sick, it immediately places you under a place of need, a place of great want. And that place of great want and need can only be supplied by one individual, by one profession, and that is the medical field, or physicians or nurses. And so Christ is correlating that kind of one to one relationship that we are very well familiar with on Earth, with repentance, that when we feel that we have done something wrong, we have a sense of guilt sometimes, or sense of I have done something that was not right, but we cannot solve it on our own. We cannot self medicate ourselves. And oftentimes when you do self medicate ourselves, it can be destructive. Oftentimes it is. And so if we are sick with guilt or with a sense of helplessness or unworthiness, that means there is a solution.

Speaker 3

And that solution is Jesus. And how do you know it’s? Jesus is because Jesus says, I have not come to help the healthy people. I have come only to help those who are sick. And if he’s come to only help those who are sick, that means he has the right solution. He has the south for our eyes, he has the clothes for nakedness, and he has the gold for our poverty. So that’s one verse for repentance. And repentance is literally the spirit to say, I’m sorry, God, please forgive me. So that’s kind of one avenue of repentance.

Speaker 4

Amen. And I definitely agree with that, my brother way. That’s a beautiful thought. And just thinking about that repentance, it is a gift of God. It’s hard for me to summarize it to one verse, but I think when it comes to my favorite verse, god says that he gives us repentance. We actually don’t even get repentance on our own. That’s two Timothy 225. But my favorite verse on repentance is Romans two, verse four. And it’s just something so beautiful as far as how we are led into repentance. And it actually reads in Romans chapter two, verse four, or do you despise the riches of his goodness forbearance and long suffering? So God has goodness for barrens and long suffering towards us, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance. So it is God’s goodness that causes us to desire to repent. And I just think that’s such a beautiful thing because it’s not fear. It’s not out of fear that we’re like, oh, God is going to punch me, I need to repent. No, it’s that God is good and God loves you. And because he loves you, we don’t want to hurt Him.

Speaker 4

We don’t want to do things that cause Him pain. And so because of that his goodness, that changes our heart and that’s what causes us to want to repent. And repent means to turn from one thing to the other. So to turn away from the world and turn back to Jesus. So I just thank God that it is his goodness that causes us to desire a walk with Him.

Speaker 2

Amen. Those are great verses and I think for me what I want to talk about is this eternal struggle that sort of represented in just the crush of walk, but also a sense of repentance. And that’s Romans seven, verse 18. Let’s start there. Romans seven, verse 18. And it begins four I know that is in my flesh dwells no good thing, for to will is present. He has this will to do something. To will is present with me. But how to perform that which is good I find not so he wants to do what’s good, but he just can’t bring himself to do it. And for the good that I will do not. Sorry. For the good that I would, I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do. Actually, let me switch the New Kingdom version that we have up on screen. Let’s look at verse 19. For the good I will do, I do not do, but the evil I will not do, that I practice. So again, he’s going through this struggle also describing, right, we’re not doing what we want to do, we’re not doing the good we want to do.

Speaker 2

We’re stuck in sin. He keeps going like how do we get out of this? Because he says in Romans seven, verse 22, for I delight in the law of God after the inward ban. And then he goes on verse 23. But I see another law of my members warn against the law of my mind, where’s this battle, it’s taking place in the mind and it’s bringing me into captivity to lost in, which is in my members. Romans seven, verse 24, the next verse, oh, Richard, man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death. He’s getting to the point of almost despair, right? But I just can’t overcome this. I can’t get out of this vicious cycle, maybe like an addiction or bad way of thinking, whatever it is and it ends though. Romans seven, verse 25. I think God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself served the law of God, but with the flesh, the law of sin. So I think repentance you might eventually come to this point where you’re still struggling that addiction or whatever it is, is still there. And Paul is saying, yeah, because our fleshy bodies have this carnal nature in it and we’re going to be stuck with it probably till Christ comes.

Speaker 2

And Paul talks about even how he had a thorn in his side and prayed at God to take it away. And God said, no, my grace is sufficient for you. So repentance, as Tina says, it’s turning away, it’s coming back to God, but it’s also going through this process of realizing you’re going to keep fumbling, you’re going to keep falling. But a righteous man, though he stumbled seven times, will get up each of those seven times and keep going forward, press it forward in God’s way.

Speaker 1

And it’s that continual choice that when you’re faced with those two challenges that you’re just talking about, there is the choice to choose the righteous path. That is the key at that point. Right?

Speaker 2

Yeah, I know Microphone is getting trouble. Yeah, it’s that it’s exercising that willpower to try to do what’s right. I don’t condemn you, but go and sin no more. So we have to war against that body with crystal. Amen.

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