essentially choosing to give control of your life over to God. It is
deciding to turn away from sin, in return for a loving, intimate,
eternal relationship with Him.
To grow your
understanding of repentance, pretend you are starving
and haven't eaten in days. You need
food and you finally manage to find a piece of bread. Then a man
comes and offers you a trade. Your piece of bread for the contents
basket. You canít see what's in his basket, but he tells you
in contains an abundance of food.
Do you make the trade?
The decision you make is determined by your opinion of the man
making the offer. If you trust Him, if you have faith in Him, you will
make the trade.
If you lack faith in Him, you will refuse the trade.
There is a question that faces each of us. Do you have enough faith
God enough to turn your life over to Him? Do you believe
that He has your best interest in mind? Do you trust that what
will get in return will be of greater value?
Matthew 16:25 - For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it;
but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
To enter the Kingdom of Heaven, you must repent.
That is, hand your life over to God. Trust God enough to exchange
your current life for a new one. Turn away from sin for
everlasting life with Him.
Luke 17:33 - Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and
whoever loses his life will preserve it.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life.