HOW OFTEN SHOULD A CHRISTIAN REPENT?
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: –Acts 17:30
What is repentance?
Repentance is a posture towards an unveiling truth of God’s Word. Repentance in the Greek means Metanoia which means a turning away unto the right path. It is not just in the showing of emotions when the truth is heard but a deliberate change of mindset concerning issues of life that has been formerly perceived wrongly or ignorantly. A Christian is expected to Repent at every encounter of genuine revealed truth founded based on the correct interpretation of the Scriptures.
Repentance for Christians (those who are already saved and born again) does not actually mean an apology before God. Apostle Paul said, “when I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” 1 Cor 13:11, continuous revelation of the word of God (Ps 119:9) brings about spiritual growth, which implies that man has a deepened understanding of God and His ways, therefore putting aside what has been practiced out of misconception.
Repentance for the Christian now is not unto Salvation but strictly unto changing of mind as one encounters the word of God on that sphere of life. For example, as we meet on the word of God concerning giving, if we don’t do it before yet we see it established in the scriptures that we ought to give, then we repent and start the act accordingly.
Many Christians claim to repent, but return to do the same old things again, this is not true repentance. True repentance exhibits the intention of overcoming the previous condition completely and following the true revelation one has encountered through the word of God. Repentance is the innocence a Christian must exhibit… If it is not there again, such believer has become puffed up or has been entangled by the deceitfulness of sin. According to Heb 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily,” we must examine ourselves from time to time (1 Cor 10:12) in order to maintain our balances in Christ
Christian is deceived if repentance becomes a strange word to Him. We must always remain tender and malleable in the hands of God; this characteristic ensures our repentant attitude. Repentance is Humility expressed in a believer. David repented not because the story of a rich man that killed another poor man’s lamb matches him but because he is tender with the Spirit of God.
One of the reasons why God would not give access to some people for deep revelations is because when the revelations come, they become arrogant with it and also they won’t do anything about it. So, repentance is a continuous act for Christians, as soon as we receive a new revelation about God through His words.
Therefore, Repentance is a mindset necessary in our growth as a fine Christian.
James 1:21-25; 2 Cor 7:910