Scripture Reading: Isaiah 50:7–10
Key Verse: Isaiah 50:7
For the Lord God will help Me;
Therefore I will not be disgraced;
Therefore I have set My face like a flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.
Genuine repentance of sin includes: agreeing with the Lord that our behavior or thought pattern is ungodly; establishing in our thinking that this sinful habit is displeasing to God; identifying—with the Spirit’s help—what would please Him; and taking steps under the Spirit’s power to turn from sin and walk in godliness. Whether we are nonbelievers starting to come to faith in Jesus or believers wrestling with sin, we all need to practice biblical repentance.
Three key words describe the process of repentance: recognition, agreement, and commitment. Unless we recognize that our behavior or thoughts are sin, we will not see any need to confess them to God. Recognition comes as we study God’s Word and learn what He identifies as sin. We must then agree that God’s pattern for life is correct and ours is wrong.
The epistles to the Ephesians and Galatians are both helpful in revealing what pleases and displeases God. Without agreement, our confession would be more of an “I am sorry about the consequences” statement. Commitment is also necessary. Isaiah proclaims, “For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed” (Isaiah 50:7). We must commit ourselves to turning away from sin and choosing God’s way.
We who belong to Jesus can change permanently. Remember: Christ promises that those He sets free will be free indeed (John 8:36).
Lord, thank You for the freedom that comes through repentance. I recognize my sin, agree with what Your Word says about it, and commit my life to You. Forgive me.