Have you ever experienced a revelation from the Holy Spirit that is correction but you knew that it was for the purpose of bringing greater levels of anointing and relationship with Jesus?
I would say without a doubt if you are a Christian you most certainly have and if you haven’t come to understand it that way, hang on because you will!
This is why I have come to love repentance; because it is a revelatory gift from God.
David understood this and it is one of the big reasons why he was a man after God’s own heart.
The church has had generations to confuse things in their ongoing drive to put God into the confines of religion. The church has equated repentance with sin, shame and condemnation – something that has been turned into a public exhibition of a person’s sin and a denial of self-worth in some manner of misguided self-redemption and apology to God. The church has got it all wrong.
The scriptures tell us the God is always, and I do mean always, working for our good.
Romans 8:28 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
Jesus is not a part time lover, He is a dedicated husband that is inseparable in His makeup from us – His body and His bride. He is not going to keep His bride in ignorance or in the dark. He is going to reveal His nature and glory to her so that she (we the church) are transformed into His image.
Of course, there is often times feelings of remorse and even weeping that sometime can come with repentance, but genuine repentance to the believer that understands it as a process of revelation. in fact it is a gift, and it is seen as a love gesture, a promotion and edification.
When Holy Spirit convicts us of righteousness it is never to get us to grovel or to shame us. Holy Spirit is always trying to show us the glory (the manifest nature) of Jesus Christ. That Jesus is going to do everything in His power to help us become the bride that John writes about in Revelation chapter 19.
This repentance then is an act of obedience on our part that steps us up in revelation knowledge, knowing more about the inherent mind, heart and emotions of God – In essence we have taken a step to become more like Him, being further transformed into His image.
Some time ago the Holy Spirit really ramped up His thoughts regarding how I speak about, treat, honor and love the body of Jesus Christ.
I have always had an affinity for the body, ever since God began moving me into the realm of ministry and the pursuit of becoming a pastor, but as I officially entered that calling specifically, there was a much more significant importance and raised standard put into my heart by Holy Spirit.
This continues to be an ongoing revelation of the inseparability between Jesus and the Body of Christ when it comes to having relationship with Him.
There has been a higher expectation communicated to me about what God wants for me and from me in terms of my relationship with His body. To not only love His body but to passionately fall in love with His body with the love of Jesus.
It is after all, an inseparable part of being in love with Jesus Christ. That means changing the way I speak, the way I see, the way I deal with and what I do for the body of Christ.
I was once again reminded this week as I studied in the word about the importance of this:
1 Peter 4:10-11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
10 As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the [f]extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
Our gifts and callings are for the benefit of each other and for the body at large. Our perspective has to be for the good of others – in love towards them. Love has to be our motivation and our purpose.
11 Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).
Whoever speaks – let it be prophetic; declaring the heart, emptions, mind and love of God over one another always. Our words should always be for the edification and encouragement of each other (speaking as oracles). Whenever we render service, let our gifts (spiritual and natural) be executed with all our strength to the benefit of others that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ that lives in us.
Repentance is also an exercise in humility.
God loves humility and loves it when we humble ourselves and He gives such rewards for it both in the way of revelation gained but also in the power of God’s grace!
James 4:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).
Repentance becomes a mile marker in our lives of revelation given by God having been applied by us. Repentance becomes the evidence of humility at work in lives as well as the evidence that God is so interested in everything that we do and are and that He has made us for good works!
It shows us that He sees us and watches us and is always speaking to us to elevate and empower us. Repentance is a vital part of our growth and should be something that we embrace with welcome arms –for with every opportunity for repentance comes opportunity for revelation and power from Holy Spirit.
Repentance is a gracious opportunity for us to see God’s heart, mind and emotions and to adopt His ways as our own.