EXPRESSING REPENTANCE

THURSDAY

While repentance begins in the heart, it will express itself in behavior – changed (repentant) behavior.

NAU Acts 26:20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

NIV Acts 26:20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

NKJ Acts 26:20 “but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

First, the changed mind and heart believes differently about the Person and work of Jesus. But then, the changed heart will want to prove this new internal attitude about God by performing deeds consistent with the teaching of Jesus. No longer will a follower of Jesus insist upon doing things his or her way, but the follower of Christ will seek to discover what is pleasing in His sight!

NAU Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

NIV Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

NKJ Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

This must involve an attitude of repentance toward the Bible – it is no longer a book of writings sourced by men that we can pick and chose what to believe and do, but it is a book of writings sourced by God, and delivered authoritatively and inerrantly through men to tell us what to believe and how to perform appropriate repentance.

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