December 5, 2016
Remorse and Change
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19
The apostle Peter spoke these words to those who put Jesus on the cross. The recipients of this message were the ones who judged Jesus as a blasphemer, hurled insults at Him, shouted out, "Crucify Him!" They walked away from the cross satisfied. Peter acknowledged that they, "acted in ignorance, as did [their] leaders." But here,
Peter offers salvation to those who will repent.
Repentance (the Greek metanoeo) calls for remorse and change. Think about what Peter is asking his hearers to do:
- Have remorse for putting Jesus on the cross. This meant they had to admit that they were wrong.
- Change their minds from a state of opposition to acceptance of Jesus. This meant they had to alter their philosophy of life.
- Change their direction of walking away from God to turning toward Him. This meant they had to change their entire lifestyle.
Repentance is radical stuff. Too radical for some. Many are sorry they got caught, but not sorry enough to change. How about you?
Lord, repentance is hard. It's easy to say, "I'm sorry" and continue on my merry way. But You call for remorse and change. Give me the courage to repent. In Jesus' name. Amen.