A REQUIREMENT OF QUALITY LIFE ---
THE NECESSITY OF REPENTANCE
The universal desire to live challenges all mankind.
The knowledge of approaching death demands attention.
Quality life both present and future – physical and spiritual ---
is greatly desirable to every human. Many will give their physical life for the hope / expectation
of life after death / eternal life.
*** Repentance to our Creator / God --- ETERNAL HOPE !!
*** Repentance to mankind -- QUALITY LIFE ON EARTH -- IN HEAVEN !
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4: 17.
Jesus Christ has given to us a declarative statement.
“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13: 3.
Jesus Christ tells us the necessity of repentance for eternal life.
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to
repent.” Acts 17: 30.
God’s message to all mankind is to repent.
Every human being of a sound mind has made mistakes, made wrong choices == sinned.
Definition of ‘sin’ from Webster’s New World Dictionary;
1) The willful breaking of religious or moral law. 2) Any offence or fault.
The result of sin brings guilt, sadness, emotional anxiety, anger – separation from God and
mankind. Known unrepentant sin fosters nervousness, sleeplessness, severe emotional
outburst, broken relationships and a lack of peace with God, self and mankind.
SIN is a reality in ALL mankind and the results of sin effects everyone.
From creation, God guaranteed to mankind --- freedom – freedom of choice.
As our Creator knew from the beginning --- we would all, with our freedom – sin.
God our creator loved us and made a provision for the forgiveness of personal sin.
God’s provision paid for sin through the death of Jesus Christ -- offered to all mankind.
***Thus anyone and all who believe in God – sincerely confess their sins through Jesus Christ
(Jesus is the one who paid the penalty / the only one who can forgive) in obedience to God’s
plan will receive forgiveness / salvation and have a home in heaven after physical death.
Anyone / everyone MAY ask our Creator God / Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins.
An example of a sinner’s prayer:
The prayer must be YOUR prayer spoken sincerely to out Creator.
Dear heavenly Father; I believe that you are the Creator of all things. I know that I am a sinner,
separated from you by my sins. I know that Your Son Jesus Christ came to earth, died for my
sins and was resurrected from death by Your power. Please – forgive my sins -- please come
into my heart and be Lord of my life. Thank You Lord – Amen.
**Any person who truly sincerely seeks God in this / or similar manner will find peace with God
our Creator and Jesus Christ will prepare a home for you in Heaven.
***REPENTANCE can bring PEACE with God our creator !!
Please see --- ‘Repentance – the Way to Salvation’ at www.spmint.com
*** Repentance can ALSO bring peace with mankind.
“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if
they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’
you must forgive them.” (Luke 17: 3 – 4.) NIV.
In these 2 verses is a direct quote from Jesus Christ that instructs us in person to person
relationships in this life.
**The person offended goes to the offender ------
**The forgiveness is conditioned on ‘If they repent’. -----
**To forgive is mandatory, ‘you must forgive’.
Everyone can easily recognize / remember occasions when you were offended, hurt – sinned
against by someone else and that offence left a broken relationship. Personal experiences in
all of us tell us that if we fail to work out these offences, they only become worse. Thus proving
the correctness of Jesus’ teaching.
Jesus also taught in Matthew 5: 23 – 24, “Therefore if you bring your gift to the alter, and there
remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the alter,
and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
**Thus the scriptures teaches us that both the offended and the offender are to quickly settle
their problems / offences / sins.
And all that depends on ‘IF’ each person can come to agreement, ‘repent’ to each other.
The one who goes to the other must go with a humble and repentant attitude.
If you are not received / no reconciliation, then there is not peace and there awaits a time when
reconciliation will be realized.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God,” 1 Peter 4: 17.
(That judgment during the millennial reign of Christ. Revelation 20: 4 – 6).
Please reference Matthew 19: 28, “So Jesus said to them, Assuredly I say to you, that in the
regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me
will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
**The above verses combined together give us a very important teaching.
First consider this scenario;
When you arrive at your heavenly home, you find that your next door neighbor is a person that
you had known on earth and with whom you had considerable trouble. You could not / did not
settle your problems on earth, did not speak nor have any relationship or peace. (Many live this
scenario every day – even between persons attending the same church).
***If your heavenly neighbor is someone to whom you cannot speak –
WHAT KIND HEAVEN OF IS THAT ????
There needs to be / there must be a time when the Family of God can / will resolve / will
reconcile the problems they had on earth --- SO THAT HEAVEN CAN BE HEAVEN.
***THIS IS WHAT THE ABOVE VERSES TEACH;
1) There will be offences / problems / anger / sin.
2) Both the offended and the offender are instructed to reconcile.
3) Many will not or cannot be reconciled.
4) After physical death there will be judges who will help to settle offences / conflicts.
Please read Revelation 20: 4 – 6.
These 3 verses describe the 1,000 year / millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
**There are thrones and persons / judges on the thrones.
**Judgment was / will be committed to them.
**The mortars and the last generation of the family of God will be there.
(The LAST (those who did not worship or receive the mark of the beast) being present, means
that all are there – the Family of God is complete).
**They reign with Christ.
**They are the first resurrection and the 2nd death has no power over them.
This millennial judgment does NOT pertain to salvation but is a time of judgment within the
Family of God – by the Family of God. SO --- it is a judgment to settle offences, disputes – sins
committed among / between persons of the Family of God.
Thus to take seriously the teachings of Jesus Christ – to settle your offences / problems as
soon as possible – becomes very valuable instructions.
**To settle your problems – REPENT OF YOUR SINS here on earth may shorten your time before
the judges during the millennium.
(Interesting observation; The Family of God’s offences / sins are so many that our Lord has
designated 1,000 years to correct them --- SO THAT HEAVEN CAN BE HEAVEN.)
JESUS’ TEACHINGS GIVE TO US THE BEST FORMULA FOR A QUALITY LIFE AND PEACE WITH GOD
“REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND.” ---- Jesus Christ.
** Personal – how to – have peace / reconciliation with mankind; -----.
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men”.
Romans 12: 18.
Life is living proof that we cannot live in complete harmony with everyone.
“It is impossible that no offences should come ---.” Luke 17: 1.
But to live a quality / peaceful life we should make every possible effort to reconcile our
problems / offences / sins with each other as human beings ---
For this is the teaching of Jesus Christ.
In personal everyday experience – this is difficult.
Jesus’ apostles upon understanding these instructions answered, “Lord, increase our faith”.
Luke 17: 5.
In practical daily experience:
When we are offended by someone or see that you have offended go to them with a
reconciliatory attitude to attempt to right the wrong. If you are well received you have righted a
wrong, avoided a millennial court appearance and gained a friend.
If you are not received with no possible way to reconcile you should go to our Lord in prayer.
Ask His advice. Ask His forgiveness for your part of a bad situation thus delivering yourself
from guilt and thus the ability to forgive the other person. You may have peace, but with
expectation of judgment to come.
Please --- let us take this seriously because Jesus said, “It is impossible that no offences
should come, but woe to him through whom they do come. It would have been far better for
him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he
should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17: 1 – 2.
"NOW THEN, WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, AS THOUGH GOD WERE PLEADING
THROUGH US: WE IMPLORE YOU ON CHRIST'S BEHALF, BE RECONCILED TO GOD.” Please
reference -- 1 Corinthians 5: 12 – 21.
IT IS A VERY GOOD / A NECESSARY THING AS HUMAN BEINGS -- TO REPENT / TO BE RECONCILED
TO EACH OTHER !!!!!!!!!!!!
---- BUT -----
JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY ONE ----- WHO DIED FOR YOUR SINS ---- WHO HAS THE POWER TO
FORGIVE SIN -- WHO CAN GIVE / GRANT SALVATION THROUGH REPENTANCE OF PERSONAL
" DEAR - LORD JESUS --- PLEASE FORGIVE MY SINS". dle