This time of year, we are reminded about the coming of the Messiah or the Savior of the world. He came as a baby in a manger over 2000 years ago as one who spoke about salvation and became a sacrifice on a cross to make this possible.
The message He preached has been misunderstood by many. Every person on earth is not automatically saved because of His coming. Also believing in His existence or saying that one is a follower of Jesus is not enough. Even if a person says a “sinner’s prayer”, just mouthing the words without it coming from a conviction of the heart will not make you a true Christian.
The Bible makes it clear that the work of salvation in a person’s life starts with what is called repentance. At the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist, who was the one that would prepare the hearts of the people for the coming of Jesus, was this message of repentance.
When Jesus started His earthly ministry, He first spoke of the topic of repentance. He said in Matthew 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
So, what is repentance or what does it mean to repent?
Repentance is a deliberate act of turning away from sin and going a new direction. It is a feeling of remorse or regret for past conduct.
The scripture teaches us this truth in 2 Corinthians 7:10 where it says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation”.
If you are a Christian, then there was a time when you felt sorry for your old life of sin, sorry enough to want a new life full of forgiveness and peace. If you are not a Christian, my prayer for you is that you come to that place in your life where that sorrow will become a reality for you which will result in you turning to Christ with confession and faith.