Evidence of Repentance
“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” Matthew 3:1-2
Do you feel that the kingdom of heaven has come near? It was a message preached two thousand years ago, even by the Messiah Himself right before He recruited His very first disciples (Matthew 4:17).
So, if this warning applied enough two thousand years ago for the incarnate God of the universe to find it worthy, or perhaps even necessary, to preach as the initiate teaching of His earthly ministry, how much more ought we repent now that the kingdom of God is at least partially present now before us?
It’s been two millennia since this warning was uttered and it rings true today just as much as it did back then.
I have spent a decent amount of time listening to those who have made shipwreck of their marriages.
In my experience…
…I have seen that the ones who confess their adultery to their spouse have a much more successful time reconciling and working through the tornado they’ve unleashed in their own marriage.
This is especially true when those repentant souls have already begun their own steps to free themselves from this sin either through a regular attendance to a support group, committed introspection with therapy, earnest pursuit of spiritual rejuvenation, or the common combination of all three.
When we confess, it shows that we are actively seeking to rid ourselves of our sin.
Confession is likely the biggest step in the healing process and its why it is intrinsically interlinked with repentance. It’s the first and greatest piece of evidence of repentance; you cannot solve a problem you will not admit you have.
God and the world are both sick and tired of Christians who talk a big talk yet hypocritically walk crooked walks. We do not need more insufferable whitewashed tombs; we need men and women who are brutally honest with their shortcomings.
Christians who will take off their fig leaf and expose their naked soul to God and to their neighbor: knuckleheads, dog-lappers, and Simon Peters. This is the circumcision of the heart.
This is the kingdom of heaven.
Remember this as you find those Christians unashamed and perhaps a bit too open about their past sins: rejoice, for the kingdom of heaven has come near unto you.
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