Category Archives: Repentance

How can I know he means it?

Unlike forgiveness, reconciliation of a broken relationship is a process conditioned on the attitude and actions of an offender. Those who commit significant and repeated offenses must realize that their responses and actions affect the timing of the process. Those who are genuinely repentant will accept this fact with brokenness and humility. Use the seven signs here to be sure someone is truly sorry. Continue reading

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We are unworthy servants

Jesus snaps the rhetorical trap by shifting to the perspective of the servant and what it means to be His servant. This is the attitude of the true followers of Jesus. Continue reading

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A closer look at repentance

Repentance is not merely feeling bad about our sins. Repentance is sorrow for what we are in our deepest beings…. Continue reading

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A life of repentance

“Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.’” Sometimes I even need to repent of my repentance, as the Puritans confessed. Why? Because even in my repentance my heart wants to take pride in how repentant I am. Continue reading

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Did I commit the unforgivable sin?

It’s interesting that the people who approach me with concern about committing the unpardonable sin focus so much on the second part of the verse and miss the amazing promise Jesus gave in the first part. Continue reading

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What did Jesus teach about entering heaven?

Is there a difference between the way you invite people to receive salvation from God and the way Jesus did? Is there consistency from the gospels through the epistles regarding how one is to be reconciled to God and assured of heaven? Continue reading

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Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

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