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Repentance

If Only These People Will Change

"If all the sleeping folks will wake up, and all the lukewarm folks will fire up, and all the disgruntled folks will sweeten up, and all the discouraged folks will cheer up, and all the depressed folks will look up, and all the estranged folks will make up, and all the gossiping folks will shut up, and all the dry bones will shake up, and all the true soldiers will stand up, and all the church members will pray up, and if the Savior of all will be lifted up . . . then we can have the greatest renewal this world has ever known." --Richard Cardinal Cushing (Eric S. Ritz, www.Sermons.com as cited in Weekend Encounter 8/20/09)



Definition of Repentance

"Repentance means we love our Savior more than we love our sin." --Kent Crockett


A Decision to Want Freedom

Repentance is a decision to want freedom more than bondage.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 122)

 



Remorseful vs Repentant

Remorsefulness is sorry for the past, but doesn't want to change the future. Repentance is also sorry for the past, but makes a change in heart so the future will be different. It changes future behavior so the past mistakes won't be repeated. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 203)

Quitting Smoking

On quitting smoking: "If at first you don't succeed, quit and quit again." --Clearing the Air: A Guide to Quitting Smoking
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Making a Mess

One little boy prayed, "Dear Jesus, I'm so sorry I made such a mess in my room today."  Then he added, "But I sure had fun doing it!"
 
Some people enjoy making a mess of their lives.  Eventually the consequences make life more miserable than fun.  Repentance means you're sorry enough to quit the behavior that's causing the mess.
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What To Repent Of

A man responded to the altar call at the end of a church service.  He told the pastor, "I want to repent."
 
The pastor asked, "What do you want to repent of?"
 
"I don't really know," the man replied.
 
The pastor said, "Do you see that chair over there?  I want you to sit down and guess at it!"
 
The man got it right the first time.
 
It's not hard to know what we need to repent of.  It's usually the first thing that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
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