Christian Life which lacks an on-going lifestyle of Repentance, is no Christian life at all.
Mohan C Lazarus, a man of God whom I highly respect said, “Every morning when I wake up, I read the word of God on my knees. It is amazing how the Holy Spirit leads you as you read the word of God. As I read on, the Holy Spirit will stop me at certain scriptures. When I read and meditate on that scripture, the Spirit will show me if there is any sin with regard to that scripture that I need to repent, or maybe it is a promise scripture, or it may be a scripture which will direct me and give me guidance for that particular day.”
Some of the great men of God who accomplished great things for God, were people who understood the importance to stay humble under God’s mighty hand and when the Holy Spirit convicted them of sin, they were people who spent hours repenting for that sin.
I remember an experience which Dr DGS Dhinakaran uncle quoted in one of his sermons. He said one day when he stood praying and asked the Lord to show him his hidden sins, the Holy Spirit pointed out a particular sin which he had committed years ago, as a young man. He narrated that story. He and his friends had gone out on a picnic. Around 40 of them. They went to a coffee shop to have coffee. He said he will pay for the coffee for all of them. So when they were all ready to leave, he got the bill, but the bill was only for Rs 39. The coffee costed a rupee. He knew in his heart that they were 40 altogether. But he neglected it and just payed Rs 39. Many years later the Holy Spirit reminded him of that episode, for which he said he repented for hours and sent that 1 rupee via money order. That kind of drastic obedience to the Holy Spirit explains His ministry.
More often than once I have heard the ‘grace preachers’ preach that Repentance is not needed and a Christian saved, does not ‘need’ to feel bad about his sin coz his sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus, anyways. Listen to me, please, that is a lie from the pits of hell. Unless we repent of our sins, as and when the Holy Spirit convicts us, we cannot have a clear conscience before God, neither can we have a pure heart.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Jesus loves us greatly and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to bring conviction to our hearts (John 16:8) and purify us and prepare us as a Holy Bride to stand before our God and King. Do not turn the Spirit away. God’s heart yearns for you and me.
Repentance is as much a mark of a Christian, as faith is. A very little sin, as the world calls it, is a very great sin to a true Christian – Charles Spurgeon, 1850, British Revivalist.
Have a fabulous day!