From: David Kabanje
Date: March 24
Subject: GMU: The Beauty of Repentance


Beautiful People, 

This week we’ve focused on adding beauty to our understanding of the heart, God’s mission, and judgment. Today, we focus on the beauty of repentance. Repentance is not just a cognitive change in opinion or attitude—it is a heart change. This change is rooted in God’s redemptive, transformational, and faithful love. We know that we have repented when our attitudes and actions are aligned with the Spirit of God. You could say that an unrepentant person is in misalignment with truth, love, and the way to life. "The test of conversion is a transformation in life. The proof [is displayed by a] radical change of mind and conduct implicit in the word 'repent.'" Repentance is an acknowledgment of sin and a reception of God’s unconditional divine sacrificial love into our broken hearts. Beautiful friends, repentance heals us and allows us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to produce good fruit. 

The beauty of repentance is only found in Jesus. “Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:4)? Our sweet Savior is so kind towards us. Have you ever experienced the warmth of a kind soul, the kind of soul that compels you to stop your misdeeds and live a better life? Through kindness and conviction, Jesus calls us to repentance in every avenue of our lives. Why? Because He knows that the secret sins that we harbor are stealing, killing, and destroying us. Repentance is beautiful because of the heart that calls us to leave sin behind. Genuine repentance is a product of Christ's kindess. The kindness of Jesus compels us to live in such a way that sin loses all attractiveness. So, friends, let us live in the beauty of repentance.