Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 7:8-16
What is repentance? It is turning from the sins you love to the holy God you’re called to love. It is admitting that you’re not God. It is beginning to value Jesus more than your immediate pleasure. It is giving up those things the Bible calls sin and leaving them to follow Jesus. – Mark Dever
There are two Greek words for repentance. Worldly repentance is translated from the Greek word ‘metamelomai’ which literally means to have remorse for one’s actions. Worldly repentance is destructive. A biblical example of worldly repentance is Matthew 27:1-5. The King James Version translates remorseful into the word repentance. The product of worldly repentance as we seen yesterday is not a changed life, but defeat and destruction. Worldly repentance is not a change of heart, but remorse, regret and the burden of one’s guilt.
True repentance or godly repentance comes from the Greek word ‘Metanoia’, which means to change one’s mind and purpose – to turn from our purpose and toward God’s purposes. A good example of this can be found in 2 Corinthians 7:10:11 “10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”
Another good example of godly sorrow leading to true repentance is Psalm 51. Many make claims that the Bible makes them feel guilty. But that is because they are looking at their guilt and rejecting the Bible. Godly sorrow leads to repentance and a clean, forgiven and purified heart.
D.A. Carson wrote “[Repentance] is not a merely intellectual change of mind or mere grief, still less doing penance, but a radical transformation of the entire person, a fundamental turnaround involving mind and action and including overtones of grief, which result in (spiritual) fruit.”