How You Can Start The New Year Off Fresh With A New Light!
As we head into 2016, a new year can bring new perspectives, new hopes, and fresh new starts. For Christians, God has given us an extra gift—that gift is guaranteed to cleanse us from our unrighteousness. That gift is the gift of repentance.
So what is repentance? Why do Christians do it? How do you repent? We will answer all these questions so that you can start the year off renewed refreshed, and prepared for the favor of God.
In Acts 17:30 God “calls all men to repentance.” It is necessary to repent when we sin and miss the mark. All sin is an act of rebellion against God and Gods Law . 1 John 3:4 says, “All sin is lawlessness, and anyone who sins breaks the law of God” 1 John 5:7 tells us that “all unrighteousness is sin.” This means that it is important that we repent from our sins, in order to be cleansed from them.
The act of repentance doesn’t just mean to apologize, and it isn’t simply an emotional response to our behavior. To “repent” in the greek translates to “metanoieo” which means “to turn, to think differently, and change the way you think about a thing” So when we repent we aren’t simply asking for forgiveness but are actually changing our minds about the way we think about something. We turn away from the sin, no longer accepting it for ourselves as right or good.
We must ask God for forgiveness, but the intent should actually be to change our minds about the way we think about sin. In turning away from the sin, we are no longer accepting of it as good or right. The bible promises us that when we are faithful to repent and confess our sins, “he is faithful and just to forgive us” 1 John 1:9.
Not only is God faithful to forgive, he is also faithful to forget and blot out your sins from remembrance. Acts 3:19 points out that when you repent, “Your sins will be blotted out,” and Ezekiel 18:22 explains if we repent that “their transgressions will no longer be remembered against them.” Once we repent, the bible says that there is no longer condemnation.
Our sins cause a separation from God. Isaiah 59:2 lets us know that “your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.” Perhaps repentance has been the missing key in your life.
Whatever the case may be, in this new year as you make your resolutions like starting new routines, dropping some bad habits, and making new commitments, be sure a repentant heart and attitude are also applied to your walk with Christ. Repentance can set the foundation for the favor and blessing, along with a reconnection with God in your life.