#162 Repentance Comes from Truth, Not Oops
Posted: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018Print
About Let Series
LET. Wielded by the Holy Spirit, this tiny word had a huge impact on Martha’s life, and the adventure can be yours, too, if you just LET God be GOD.
1 John 1:7-10 NKJV (emphasis mine)
But if we walk in the Light as He is in the Light…the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
We are capable of making a smoke screen of darkness that filters, denies, or obscures guilt. That’s why John inserted these two verses of caution (verses 8 and 10) between two sure promises of God’s forgiveness for confession.
“I stole but I am not a thief. It was a bad mistake but it’s not WHO I am.”
If I steal, it is proof that I am a thief. It is not repentance to claim otherwise. It is the lie that makes God a liar, Who said, “There is no one righteous, no not one.”
“I did it, but I didn’t mean to do it.”
What we do is what we intended to do. However small the choice, it was a deliberate direction I chose by my will.
“I did it, but I can explain why I did it.”
Any explanation is an excuse. I can blame no one for my sin. The only reason I sinned is that I chose to sin.
“I have been seen so I am confessing what I know I must and I will say all the right words. I’ll even exaggerate my sin so that you will think I really mean it.”
“I am so very sorry!”…(that I got caught. Next time I’ll be more careful).
God accepts no “oops.” He sees the lie. He receives graciously “guilty as charged.”
What is true repentance?
Genuine repentance is this alone: complete responsibility for ‘thoughts, words and deeds’ without blame or excuse. I have no defense and don’t offer one to man or God.
When I am fully responsible and totally accountable, THEN I am in the Light with no darkness and I can be gloriously free…of both the torment of guilt and the shame of sin.