Repentance One or Two, You be the Judge

Repentance One or Two, You be the Judge

 

 

Repentance One: Produces regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart

 

Matt 27:3-5

3 Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." But they said, "What is that to us? See to that yourself!" 5 And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.

            

Judas felt remorse because of the sin he committed, but didn’t have a change of heart. He turned to the chief priests and elders for mercy and found none. Without the hope of mercy and forgiveness, you have no real reason for changing. True repentance leads to mercy and forgiveness.  

 

2 Cor 7:10

10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.

  

Repentance Two: Is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised. Turning from sin to God and a persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments, this leads to mercy and forgiveness.

 

 Ps 51:10

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 

            There are those who sin and are remorseful and sorry, but do not truly repent. Since they do not truly repent, there can be no true mercy or true forgiveness. Like Judas, they are left to themselves to work out their own mercy and forgiveness. Have you ever heard someone say, “I just can’t forgive myself”? They are making a true statement. Only God can forgive. It takes mercy to forgive and that is something that we lack. If you don’t believe me, think about it the next time someone cuts in front of you in the grocery line. If you don’t have enough mercy for that, you surely don’t have enough mercy for the really life changing things. It all boils down to whether or not you want to change.

 

Luke 17:3

3 Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother should sin, rebuke him; and if he should repent, forgive him.

 

            This is a law from God. Isn’t it nice that He also practices what He preaches? When you sin, the Holy Spirit rebukes you and then you have the opportunity to repent. If you repent, then you will be forgiven. If you are rebuked by the Holy Spirit and choose not to repent, well, you do the math.