Scripture: Acts 2:38 NASB “Changing Your Mind”
“Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'” Acts 2:38
The church was born on the day of Pentecost (cf. today’s blog The Church Begins). It was also the first day that the Holy Spirit baptized believers into a body (cf. 1Cor. 12: 13). Peter calls all his listeners to “repent.” What does “repent” mean?
In the original Greek, repent translates the word metanoia. Metanoia is literally, meta: change and noia: mind; therefore, a change of mind. Repents means to change your mind.
Have you thought or been taught that repent means that you have to feel sorry for your sins? You need to change your mind on that.
If repentance means feeling sorry for your sins, how much do you have to feel sorry for your sins? How long do you need to feel sorry? How many sins do you need to feel sorry for?
Do you see the problem? Peter, and for that matter, God, never asks you to feel sorry for your sins. Salvation is by grace by trusting Christ for salvation. We don’t have to do anything except trust Christ.
Are you trying to feel sorry for your sins. Change your mind on that.
If you do, you will find that you have chosen life (Deut. 30:19)!
Religions impose commands on people they can’t perform. That is part of what religion is and does. That is why Jesus rebuked the legalist religious leaders of His day (cf. Mt. 23: 27).
Are you trying to feel sorry for your sins? It will only lead to depression. You can’t feel sorry for enough of your sins and feel sorry enough for them. If you could, it still wouldn’t matter. Jesus paid it all. What are you doing is like trying to blow out a light bulb. Stop it and just accept Jesus’ forgiveness. That will please him much more than trying to feel sorry for your sins. And it will also restore your relationship with Him (cf. 1Jn. 1: 9)
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: The Church Begins