A Thought for Today: “Repent or Perish”
You are invited to read the following verses.
1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them — do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.
7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.
9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'”
Biblical repentance is not what many people think.
They look at repentance as throwing themselves down in front of the Lord with much weeping and sorrow. They think they must keep on saying I am sorry and beating themselves up for what they did.
I see repentance a little differently, at least in the New Testament. To repent is to turn away from.
Sure if we have a relationship with the Lord God we will feel sorrow about not honoring God with our lives.
But the sign of true repentance is to turn your back on sin, to walk away from the behavior that needs to be repented of.
As believers, we do not continue walking down the Godless paths we have tread on for years.
We are changed, thank the Lord we are forever changed by the Holy Spirit who lives in us after we are saved.
f we stay on those evil paths and byways, we will perish in the lake of fire.
So how about it, if we are living for Christ, let us start today to turn away from the evil around us and walk closer and closer to the Lord God.