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Contemplation: The Power of Repentance
“What do you have to get rid of sin? Nothing. Just come undone and rest on what Jesus has done! Look, the gospel is a mighty power. See the Lamb. One look at Him takes away a universe of sin from the human heart… When you turn to Christ, you don’t have a repentance apart form Christ, you just have Christ. Therefore don’t seek repentance or faith as such, but seek Christ. When you have Christ you have repentance and faith. Beware of seeking an experience of repentance; just seek an experience of Christ” – Jack Miller, The Servant Leader
Leader: So blessed are you when you turn to the Lord in faith and repentance. Blessed are you when your heart is uncovered and your face unveiled.
People: For we will receive the greater gift that faith and repentance provides – more of the Lamb, more of His rest, more of his beauty, more of his grace. Give us this living water, Lord. Help us to receive more of Christ. Amen!
Text: 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Worldly Sorrow is hating sin because we fear…
It ruins our reputation
It costs our popularity
It hinders our power over others
It hinders our power over God
It will keep God from loving us
Godly Sorrow is hating sin because we fear…
It ruins intimacy with Christ
It ruins the ability to worship
It ruins ability love God
It ruins loving relationships
It ruins the pursuit of joy
Repentance is not primarily a war against sin,
it is primarily a struggle toward Christ
Repentance is not fleshly self-effort,
it is faith oriented Christ dependance
Repentance is not a one time act,
it is a continual practice of faith in Christ
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.
Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.