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Repentance Is the Fruit of Being Cut to the Heart


What is real repentance?  If we’re emotionally cut to the heart, what should we do then in response?  How should we then change our lives before God and other people?  After hearing Peter’s sermon on Pentecost, the listening Jews first replied by asking (Acts 2:37, NASB throughout), “Brethren, what shall we do?”  They felt stung by Peter’s point that they had helped to crucify their Messiah and Savior (verse 23).  They did not respond by denying responsibility and/or by seeking someone else to blame for their sins, such as the Roman governor Pilate or their Jewish leaders on the Sanhedrin.  They felt stricken in their consciences, so they sensed the need to change radically their ways of thinking and their lives in response.  In order to change our lives effectively after being cut to the heart, we need to change in the ways that God has commanded and authorized, not in the ways that we think are best based on our own human reasoning (Proverbs 16:25).  Peter answered their question by telling them (verse 38), “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  So if we are really convicted of our sins and our wrong way of life in the past, we should first take action by repenting. 


Repentance isn’t merely feeling sorry for our sins.  It isn’t just confession and an admission of guilt.  It isn’t penance, which is doing good deeds to supposedly make up for past sins.  Effective repentance requires an about-face in how we are living our lives.  To truly repent, we need to accept God’s law and its specific requirements as the future foundation for our way of life.  When John the Baptist confronted the crowds coming out to see him in the wilderness, he declared (Luke 3:8):  “Bring forth fruits in keeping with repentance.”  So once we know that we are breaking God’s law in specific ways, we should strive to stop doing that.  Sure, it is difficult to overcome certain habitual sins that are deeply engraved on our hearts and minds (Romans 7:18-19).  But if we make no attempt to do so, then we have just a “sorrow of the world” that produces no spiritually productive results (II Cor. 7:9-10).  For example, after we learn that we are breaking the Ten Commandments in their literal letter and/or their spiritual implications, we should stop thinking and living against their specific provisions.  Similarly, as we read through the detailed instructions proclaimed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, we should strive mightily to stop living against them if we’re truly repentant.  So if we’re truly cut to the heart, we will strive to repent effectively, which requires a faithful commitment to obey God’s law in the future.  


Eric V. Snow


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