2 Corinthians 12:21 Grieved Over No Repentance

I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. 2 Corinthians 12:21

It is common for people to have expectations of friends and family when they are separated. They expect certain things to happen or to be when the meet up again after a time of being separated.

Discouragement and disappointment often come when these expectations are not met, and even more so when there is not even an attempt to meet the expectations.

Paul tells the church in Corinth that he is concerned that when he sees them again he may be grieved over them, because some will not have repented of sinful ways.

It is expected that people will slip up and sin. No one is perfect, nor can claim to be. The world has no problems with sin and do not expect any change or sorrow for their sins. It is a part of their life.

The believer, however, has a different expectation put upon him. If he does sin, he is expected to repent of it and turn away from the sin. This was the entire purpose of Jesus coming to the earth, dying upon the cross and raising from the dead.

Even though many claim to believe in Jesus, there are many in the church who refuse to repent of certain sins. They continually go back to those sins, refusing to give them up. Sadly, there are also many who claim that certain sinful acts of sexual immorality are acceptable in the eyes of God. They purposefully live in a sinful way, while claiming to be a believer and follower of Jesus.

The heart of every true believer should be grieved over seeing this type of action.

As you consider yourself a believer, you must examine your life for any unrepentant sin. Seek God’s forgiveness and change your ways to live according to God’s holy and righteous standards. Do not purposefully live in sin.

When you see other believers who are refusing to repent, allow your heart to be grieved as God’s heart is grieved. Seek to restore believers who have chosen to not repent and to live in sin. God loves everyone and wants all to be saved. This includes you and every one you know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins against God; that God will strengthen you to give up all sin; that your heart will be grieved at seeing others sin against God; and that you will be a witness to God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.

Matthew 11:20 Woe For Not Repenting

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. Matthew 11:20

Any time that someone tries to help someone out and the help is rejected, it is a slap in the face to the one offering the help. No one likes to have their help rejected by anyone else, yet this is something that can occur all the time.

Often the help is rejected out of pride. People do not want to admit that they need help, it shows weakness or faults. Others reject it because everyone else is rejecting. They want to fit in with the crowd.

Jesus started to cut down or denounce the towns He had done miracles in. He warned of disaster coming because they had refused to repent of their ways.

God is still in the miracle working business today. Some nations, such as America, has received God’s favor and miracles for many years. Yet, these nations, as a whole, have rejected Jesus and refused to repent. Sin has become acceptable and promoted widely and openly across the nation, including inside many churches.

If Jesus were walking on the earth today, He would most likely denounce America for refusing to repent. Choices to openly live in sinful ways are becoming more and more common. People are refusing to repent, change and live for God.

When a person chooses to repent of his sins and follow Jesus, he will stand out as different. He will be going against the flow of this world. While doing so, he will also be a great light in this world, revealing Christ and His great love and mercy. In doing this, it will allow God to perform greater and more miracles in the lives of people. His favor will rest upon the people and nations.

If you will allow God to open your spiritual eyes to see what He has done you will see many miracles on a regular basis. As you see and recognize these miracles being performed, turn your life more towards God than to this world. Do not allow your heart to grow cold and follow the sinful ways of this world.

God does these miracles to reveal Himself, so that you will repent of sin and follow Jesus. Seek God to help you turn from sin and follow Him. Do not bring judgement upon yourself.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the miracles God has performed in your life and around you; that you will repent before God of all your sins; and that you will rely upon God to turn from all sinful ways of living.