The Normal Christian Birth Part 2 – David Pawson
Regret – sorrow regarding hurting self (does not necessarily lead to repentance)
Remorse – sorrow regarding hurting others (does not necessarily lead to repentance)
Repentance – sorrow regarding sin towards God
Repentance – 3 stages
Repentance takes time.
Repentance can only be of specific sins – not general sins and involves:
Changing our thinking about something.
It involves our bad deeds and good deeds.
Our righteousness is as far short of God’s righteousness as our bad deeds. We come to God empty handed.
The word of repentance, i.e. to confess sins.
Public confession of sins.
The basic need of humankind is repentance not inner healing. We all choose how we respond to what happens to us.
Required in some circumstances.
Deeds – John the Baptist said to produce fruit in keeping with repentance and then they could be baptised by him.
Paul also baptised people based on the fruit of their deeds – evidenced by their repentance.
Repentance is putting the past right (not all the past can be put right).
It may involve destroying something (e.g. Idols).
To help someone repent you need to help them do 3 things:
1. Need to help them to be serious:
Hard to do without fear. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
One way is to help them see where their present way of life will lead them.
The word ‘perish’ helps. When something has perished it still looks and feels like what it was initially, but it can no longer function or be used.
E.g. A perished water bottle/tyre/human can no longer be used and is thrown in the incinerator.
2. Need to help them to be specific – to confess sins.
a) guided conversation – what sins do you want forgiveness for?
b) give them a detailed list of sins.
c) an immediate revelation of the person confessing or the person helping.
3. Need to help them to be sensible.
– need to be sensible about emotions (psychological guilt vs moral guilt).
– actions of repentance. We cannot put everything right.