The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand: How To Repent

What’s True Repentance?

What’s true repentance? Many people think, “As long as we pray to the Lord to repent, practice humility and patience, suffer, bear the cross and do lots of good deeds, then it means that we have achieved true repentance.” Is this view in line with God’s will? What does God say? God says, “You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45). Revelation 22:14 predicts, “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” God is holy and He hates man’s sin. So true repentance refers to when people no longer sin or resist God. Only when we attain purification and transformation in our corrupt dispositions, such as selfishness, deceitfulness, arrogance, evil, greed, and more, thoroughly cast off the shackles and constraints of sin, are able to completely obey and love God, and never rebel against and resist God, can we be people who have true repentance and are qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Reflecting on Whether We Have True Repentance

Let’s compare ourselves against the standards required by God to see whether we have true repentance. We outwardly do some good deeds, but does this mean that we don’t sin or resist God anymore? Does this mean that we have been purified? We often live in the state of sinning and confessing and are unable to put the Lord’s words into practice, so how can we be called people who truly repent? For example, though we can work hard, we frequently count up our own contributions, and show off ourselves so that others think highly of us and look up to us. We can still struggle for reputation and interest, and engage in jealous disputes. In our everyday life, we can be tolerant and patient with people and do not quarrel with others, once other people infringe upon our interests or hurt our pride, however, we come to hate them, or even take revenge on them. In our home life, we claim that Christ is the head of our home, but we are self-centered, always wanting to have the final word on everything and wanting others to listen to us. When encountering natural or man-made disasters, we blame and misunderstand God, and can even betray God …

Why Is It That We Haven’t Achieved True Repentance?

Maybe some people will ask, “Our sins are forgiven for we have accepted the Lord Jesus’ salvation. But why do we still live in sin and fail to achieve true repentance?” Let’s read two passages of God’s words and then we’ll understand this question.

How to Achieve True Repentance

So, how can we achieve true repentance? The Lord Jesus prophesied, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). “He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). The Bible prophesies, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). It can be seen from these verses that there are many truths that the Lord Jesus hadn’t told us when He did His work. So, the Lord Jesus promised us that He would return in the last days, express more and higher truths, and perform the work of judging and cleansing man, thereby allowing us to completely free ourselves from the shackles of sin, be cleansed, and achieve true repentance.

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