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How much wailing does repentance require?

Ephesians 1:7-8

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us…

Some Christians are so used to getting beaten up in church that they don’t even hardly recognize it is happening!

They have just accepted that there is something profoundly wrong with them.

They go to church after their baby died and are told that they didn’t have enough faith, or that it was because of their sin. They don’t even stop to think about the babies of unbelievers who are getting healed without any faith on the part of their parents.

There is something perverse going on here. Is the church saying that God would penalize the one who at least has a bit of faith and prefer the person who doesn’t acknowledge Him at all?

Christians are already hurting and the church makes their burden worse; and yet the gospel states that because of the blood, there is no longer a sin problem..

When Jesus was asked to deal with a woman caught in adultery, He chose not to condemn her. As one who had no sin, he was qualified to cast the first stone, but He refused to make her feel bad for her wrongdoing. This simply wasn’t His ministry.

Wow!

When we refuse to point the finger at ANYONE, no matter what they have or haven’t done, like Jesus, we set them free from the power of sin.

Guilt and condemnation tie a person to their sin and provoke further wrongdoing, but kindness gives space for repentance.

Again, the church has erroneously taught people to fall out on the altar wailing loudly, overcome by guilt or remorse; otherwise it isn’t repentance.

But repentance is simply a change of mindset and attitude about a certain course of action and doing something different instead.

If you choose a blue shirt in the clothing store and then change your mind and exchange it for a red one, you won’t need to wail right there in the store about how wrong you have been. You will simply make a different choice and walk out with the red shirt.

Once Jesus had refused to condemn the woman, He released her to go and sin no more.

God’s grace is inexhaustible. As we reveal the true nature of Jesus Christ, supernatural goodness will invade our lives. We are already starting to see it happen!

2 Comments on How much wailing does repentance require?

  1. Brilliant, Amen!

  2. I think its a shame that many church leaders are still teaching condemnation instead of grace. As a child i remember always wanting to be used by God but was told and made to feel that i did not qualify due to not meeting certain standards that where all man made. Now i am so thankful that i belong to a church that teaches about grace which to me is the real gospel.

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