True or False: The world likes to hear about forgiveness but it hates talk of repentance.
It's Guff. Bunkum. Garbage. Balderdash.
The world loves repentance (and it hates forgiveness, but I don't have time for that post)...
If you don't believe me, go to your newsagents and open your eyes. What will you see?
“Wage war on fat.” “11 carbs you should eat.” “Improve your game.” “De-clutter your life.” "Be the You you always wanted." "New Year, New You."
We love, love, love repentance. The problem is, we're not very good at it. We can't be new. Lord knows we've tried. If only someone could give us a true repentance!! If only there really was a Me for me to be. But I can't seem to get to that me!
GOOD NEWS PEOPLE! Christ has risen from the dead into a whole new world - a world beyond sin and selfishness, beyond death and judgement, beyond your every flesh-bound limitation. And He offers it to you. Now, as a gift, you can have a properly new you! Rejoice!
Repentance is not the price to pay for all that nice salvation stuff. Repentance is your new re-oriented life, liberated from slaveries to self-justification and self-service. It's not the heavy cost you must bear for your freedom. In a deep sense it is your freedom. And it's given to you in Jesus.
Of course you must embrace this gift. But that's not the down-side that needs outweighing by salvation's benefits. It's part and parcel of our new life. So embrace the good news of repentance!