by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 7:5-11]
A. There seem to be a lot of mistaken ideas about repentance.
B. If it is necessary for each of us to repent in order to be saved (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 17:30), isn’t it important for us to have a sound understanding of what repentance is and how it is done?
I. Repentance leads us to salvation.
A. We cannot be saved without it (Luke 13:3).
B. There are, however, other requirements for salvation that must not be overlooked (Romans 10:9-10,17; cf. 6:1-7).
II. Repentance is the effect of godly sorrow.
A. Repentance begins in the heart (Matthew 26:75).
B. Worldly sorrow produces death (Matthew 27:3-5).
C. The fruit of repentance will be manifold and evident to all (Matthew 3:7-8; Acts 26:20; Ephesians 4:22-32).
III. Repentance is never regretted.
A. We will always come to regret sin (Genesis 42:21; Numbers 21:7; Judges 2:4).
B. There are some things we hesitate to do even though we know we will be better off (Acts 26:14; Matthew 19:22).
C. Repentance is one choice you will never regret, no matter how long you live (2 Corinthians 7:10).
A. Perhaps you need to have your mind completely renewed by the Lord (Philippians 2:5; Romans 12:2).
B. If you are ready for the Good Physician to do His work, He is waiting for you (2 Peter 3:9), but He won’t wait forever (vs. 10)!