I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. Acts 20:21
When a person goes to court, he is required to make a declaration of his standing on whatever the case is about. It is a statement that whatever he says is factual and true about a situation that has been witnessed.
People make declarations all the time about various issues in their life or about the public life around them. Most declarations have little to do with other people, but some will effect what others think or do.
Paul pointed out that he had made a declaration to everyone. His message was the gospel message of repentance and faith in Jesus.
While many things can be declared or talked about, there is only one major priority that every one needs to hear. Many people are quick to declare their belief in politics, entertainment, or sports, but few are willing to make a declaration in what is truly important for all eternity.
The people of this world are dying without knowing the truth or having access to eternal life. Very few are willing to let people know the truth of Jesus. Believers have ignored their true mission that Jesus had given them to do.
Every believer has been given the same commission. They are to proclaim the gospel message to everyone that they can speak to. This message is that God loves them, they need to repent of their sins and have faith in Jesus. As one speaks these things he is making a declaration of the truth.
All the people of this world need to hear this declaration of truth. No believer should be afraid to stand up and declare the truth of Jesus to those who need to hear it.
At some point in your life, someone had declared the truth to you. It was made known to you that you must repent and believe in Jesus for the salvation of your soul.
Now just as someone declared the truth to you, be willing to declare that same truth to others around you. Know that you know what you know and be willing to boldly proclaim it to this lost and dying world.
Do not hold back any truth that the people need to hear. Do your best to keep anyone from being prevented from hearing the truth of Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will boldly declare the truth of God; that you will be a witness of Jesus to those around you; and that you will declare repentance and faith to all who need it.
Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17:4
The majority of the world wants to cast judgement and bring on punishment when someone does something wrong. In fact, most people want to have vengeance against those who do them wrong.
People desire forgiveness when they do something wrong to someone else, but do not want to extend that forgiveness to others. This becomes especially true when the wrong being done is done over and over, again and again.
Jesus told the people to forgive a person each and every time that person comes and repents.
It is a guarantee that every person will be hurt by someone else at some point. Believers will even be hurt by other believers, sometimes intentionally, or unintentionally.
When this occurs, many will be like the world and not want to forgive. They quickly forget how often God has forgiven them of the same sin being done over and over, again and again.
God never not forgives a person when he comes with a true heart in repentance before Him. It is always His desire to forgive and restore each and every person as quickly as possible. As soon as a believer realizes and remembers how much God has forgiven him, it becomes easier to forgive another person.
Being unforgiving, condemns the person and does not give him a chance. It places the person wronged in the judgement place of God, which he does not belong.
Forgiving another person of a wrong done shows God’s true love. It points the person to what Jesus did and gives the person another chance to do what is right.
When forgiveness occurs, it restores a relationship and draws people closer to God.
You have most likely had some people do some things wrong to you. Some of those have probably never come back to seek forgiveness from you, while others have repented.
When they come to you repenting, you have a choice as to respond. You can choose to not forgive, or you can choose to forgive. Do not hold a grudge against them, but be willing to forgive as God has forgiven you. Work to restore your relationship and be more like Jesus.
Never stop forgiving others, just as God is not in the character of not forgiving you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how much God has forgiven you; that God will fill you with His love for others; and that you will forgive others as God has forgiven you.
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10
Holding a grudge against what a person has done in his past is a common trait among most people. People remember what a person had done or been like and often refuse to allow that person to change. Or they do not believe that he could have changed.
With this type of attitude, many people are often held down, or pushed back into their old habits.
Jesus gave a parable of a woman who lost a coin, then after much searching found it. She then rejoiced greatly. He said that angels will also greatly rejoice over a person who repents.
People in a church are sometimes the most critical of a person who repents. They know a person’s past and don’t believe that he could have truly repented. It is often seen as a just a publicity stunt, rather than true repentance.
As a human being, no one can truly know the heart or reason behind a public confession or repentance. Every believer must trust that it is real and rejoice with God and His angels.
Those in the church must come alongside a new believer, who has repented, and support him and build him up in Christ Jesus. This is discipleship that Jesus called every believer to do.
This is the opposite of what many in the church often do with criticizing the repentance. Satan and the world want to destroy the new believer, and both will try to get the believers to do that in getting them to not rejoice.
Every time a person repents, the church should be rejoicing and praising God for the new, changed life. Changed lives is the goal Jesus came to the earth for.
You may know someone who has repented and is trying to change and live for God. Instead of being critical against that person, come alongside of him and build him up. Rejoice that God is still working in lives today.
Allow God to reveal to you those who are repenting and beginning to live for Him. Let the joy of knowing this rise up in your soul, rather than let the doubts of the devil fill your heart and mind.
Are you rejoicing with the angels over one who has repented?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will use you to disciple new believers; that you will praise God for those who repent; and that you will point all people towards Jesus.