How and Why We Should Repent

Aside from tithing, repentance can be one of the most awkward subject to discuss inside the church. With today’s culture being so sensitive and careful, preaching about the separation from man and God by sin can be tough; but that is exactly what Randy Brown this past Sunday! If you haven’t heard it, make sure to go tune into the video sermon.

He based his sermon on the verse Psalm 66:18, which reads, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

I know you’re probably thinking, “woah, that’s heavy.” And it is! To clarify, Randy followed the reading of this scripture with a point: the scripture does not say that the Lord would not listen if you had committed sin, or else we would all be in trouble! He made sure to emphasize that the scripture was referencing the repentance of our sin.

Randy made a great analogy in regard to repentance. He said that we are like circuits. We have to potential to have great power, but sometimes our circuit trips and the lights don’t work anymore. That is how our lives are when we have unrepented sin in our lives. There is always going to be a tripped circuit, or a separation of communication from God. Our communication is overpowered by the elephant in the room, our sin.

Not a single person is without sin, though. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. … 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). The moment sin entered the Garden in Genesis, man would forever be separated from God by sin, and only reached by the blood of Jesus.

With today’s culture constantly spiraling deeper and deeper into immorality, there are many points of deterioration in our hearts. There are so many battles for us to fight as Christians already. Our culture teaches us to look good on the outside, to make sure you don’t say anything offensive or make yourself look bad. This mentality is often what keeps us from repenting. Instead, we bottle up our problems and sin, and we say, “Oh, God is okay with that.”

It should grieve our hearts to grieve the Lord’s heart. When reading scripture about repentance, you should not feel condemned, as Randy said, but maybe convicted. If you have been one of those to justify your sin, pray for the Lord to reveal your iniquities to you.

God even gives us the attitude to repent. He helps us comprehend the importance of repenting. Paul wrote, “Do you despise the riches of His goodness … not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). We were created to be like Christ. God doesn’t want us to live separated from Him. He desires to have a flourishing relationship with you, and holding onto your sin, or thinking that you can keep it buried, may be the only thing keeping you from having a relationship with the creator of the galaxies and planets, who desires nothing more than to pour out his grace and love on you.

Blessings!

-Kinley Hurt