Repent or Perish

Posted: January 11, 2016 in TLCC
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Earthquakes. Floods. Fire. Drought. Calamities. In every calamity, there is a casualty. How about those dying in the hospital? How about those who are sick with cancer? This poses a question…

Are the people dying more sinful than those who are alive?

This kind of question is what we see in Luke 13:1-5. There were people who were asking about the deaths of some guys who were sacrificing at the temple and then Pilate kills them while they were sacrificing.

“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Jesus didn’t answer the question on who is more sinful. Rather, he focuses on the issue that death is imminent. Instead of looking at the sins of others and comparing their sins with ours, we ought to see how sinful we are to a point that brings us to repentance.

Repent or Perish.

There are no options. It’s either we come to a point of repentance or we suffer the consequence of our sins. True Repentance involves three things…

1. Confession. You realize you have sinned, you acknowledge it before God. This begins in the mind, you acknowledge you’re wrong. From the mind, it becomes audible when you say it out loud. I have sinned.

2. Contrition. This is the emotions and your expression. Some people know they are wrong but feel indifferent about it. Contrition is to know that you’ve sinned and be bothered about your sin.

3. Change. You want to be different. You want to stop. You want to grow. You want to learn. This leads you towards change. Repentance is not just lip service. Repentance leads to change.

Repentance is made possible through Jesus. Without Jesus, there is no repentance, there is only perishing. Christians can repent. It is a gift that God awakens in us. While we still can, we can come back to Him. So don’t wait. Talk to God. Confess before Him.

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