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Pro 28:13 CAB He that covers his own ungodliness shall not prosper: but he that blames himself shall be loved.
In the New Testament, the Greek has very interesting definitions. Strong’s says:
G3340 μετανοέω metanoeō met-an-o-eh'-o
From G3326 and G3539; to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction): - repent.
Used 34 times in the GNT (Greek New Testament), this is the main Greek word used for repentance. But in a slightly different form it is:
G3341 μετάνοια metanoia met-an'-oy-ah
From G3340; (subjectively) compunction (for guilt, including reformation); by implication reversal (of [another’s] decision): - repentance.
This word seems somewhat reminiscent of the Hebrew word for repent (נחם) which is often applied literally or figuratively with stopping, turning around, and going the opposite direction.
In Greek “μετά-” (meta) means both “after” as well as “change”. The implications of “after” is why Mr. Strong says “afterwards, that is, reconsider” because after you have done something wrong you reconsider, feel the weight of your guilt, and change from the folly you once lived for.
- Real repentance remits sins: Mar_1:4; Luk_3:3; 24:47
- It demands fruit: Luk_3:8
And is this real repentance reinforced in the New Testament?
Burn Your Idols!
Act_19:18-20 WEB Many also of those who had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds. 19 Many of those who practiced magical arts [περίεργος (G4021)] brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. They counted the price of them, and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord was growing and becoming mighty.
Exo_32:20 - Moses burnt the golden calf
Deu_7:25-26 - Hate the gold of idols, & don't bring it in your house or your cursed with it
Isa_2:20-21 - fearing God means throwing idols away
Isa_30:22 - Commanded to be disgusted with it!
(Compiled with help from TSK)
If you are entertained by evil things you need to repent!
Rom 1:32 KJV Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Stories to Read
David’s Story – 2Sa_11:1-27, 2Sa_12:1-14; Psa 51:1-19;
Prodigal son – Luk_15:11-32
The Necessary Action of Repentance
Most of the church misses the fact that it necessarily includes stopping sin.
Pro 28:13 KJB He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.
Notice that obtaining mercy is twofold! “Repentance” is often confused with simply “confessing,” while a complete repentance always includes “forsaking.” Repentance is a lot more than just admitting you’re wrong.
In further confusion, many misunderstand and misapply the following verse:
1Jo 1:9 KJV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Is God saying that we only have to “say” that we are wrong to be forgiven? From a holistic and honest application of Scripture, obviously not:
Luk 3:7-8 WEB He said therefore to the multitudes who went out to be baptized by him, "You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance...
But to make this a little more certain with this particular verse in 1John 1:9, and because of those who would abuse this verse out of ignorance, here are some specifics:
If in this verse he simply used the Greek word “λόγος” (pronounced logos) we may have more of an excuse to error. But he didn't.
“λόγος” basically means “to say” or “something said” (depending on application). But the word that is used in the above Scripture is a compound of “λόγος,” which is actually: “ομολογωμεν” (homologōmen). In short, this literally means to “Say together” or by some implications, “to covenant.” This speaks of something much more than just “Saying you’re wrong.” So we can firmly apply:
1Jo 1:9 KJB If we confess together our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This implies that when we are “confessing,” we are saying the same thing as God is saying about our sin, and doing it as a “covenant.” Covenants include a binding and a commitment to action, not just a saying of words. And we are sure that we will not escape God if we break any covenant made with Him.
Contextually, we see a lot of the “togetherness” that verse 9 speaks of, even two verses earlier in verse seven:
1Jo 1:7 KJV But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Notice that there is vertical (with God) as well as horizontal (with other believers) “togetherness” thick in this context. Now keeping all of this understanding in mind, it would probably be good for you to go read 1John 1:5-10 to get the full impact. What amazing implications we can miss if we are not aware of some of these things! And also for further understanding and admonition, it would be good to see the following link to another (short) work that I have compiled:
(Especially see the "Hard-core Scriptures" about stopping sin in your life).
1Jn 3:18 CAB My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1Jn 3:18 Τεκνία μου, μὴ ἀγαπῶμεν λόγῳ μηδὲ τῇ γλώσσῃ, ἀλλὰ ἐν ἔργῳ καὶ ἀληθείᾳ.
1Jn 3:19 And in this we know that we are from the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
1Jn 3:19 καὶ ἐν τούτῳ γινώσκομεν ὅτι ἐκ τῆς ἀληθείας ἐσμέν, καὶ ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ πείσομεν τὰς καρδίας ἡμῶν,
1Jn 3:20 Because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows all things.
1Jn 3:20 ὅτι ἐὰν καταγινώσκῃ ἡμῶν ἡ καρδία, ὅτι μείζων ἐστὶν ὁ Θεὸς τῆς καρδίας ἡμῶν καὶ γινώσκει πάντα.
1Jn 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
1Jn 3:21 ἀγαπητοί, ἐὰν ἡ καρδία ἡμῶν μὴ καταγινώσκῃ ἡμῶν, παρρησίαν ἔχομεν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν,
1Jn 3:22 And whatever we should ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and we do the things pleasing before Him.
1Jn 3:22 καὶ ὃ ἐὰν αἰτῶμεν λαμβάνομεν παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ, ὅτι τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ τηροῦμεν καὶ τὰ ἀρεστὰ ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ ποιοῦμεν.
This teaching is based on the MP3: Phantom-Guilt-vs-Agreeing-with-God--PART-1--12.06.15.mp3
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What to do when you can't seem to repent
· Cain (Gen_4:2, etc.)
· Esau (Gen_25:31-34; Gen_27:36; Heb_12:16-17, etc.)
The Point: Don’t be even partly like them now, lest you be all the like them later.
Phantom guilt comes when you are impressed with your own mind/thoughts. It can do a lot with you when you think you’re smart / when you think you know something.
You are to be submissive to the Truth
If you would obliterate all confidence in your own understanding, you would be massively free to receive forgiveness and to give forgiveness away freely like water… and you would be massively freed up to LISTEN. If you’re trying to repent, you don’t get caught up in that scenario without pride.
Stop indulging in your own misconceptions of your own thoughts, rattling around in your own mind
Why is it that faith is always associated with hearing??...
You can’t believe if you’re in charge of your own knowledge acquisition and thoughts about God.
Listening is how you really think, and how you really care, and how you really love, and how you really believe.
Problem: Phantom Guilt – You can get stuck trying to repent of the wrong thing.
Solution: Learn to care about what God cares about / learn to listen to what God says the real issue is.
With good guilt, God starts the sentence, so you should let him end the sentence. Don’t interrupt him with your own pea brain conclusions.
The accuser/thorough accusation thrower gives us bad feelings without any solution.
Truth always gives repentance / ultimatums (i.e. terms on how to get out) / commands / solutions (As long as they are still candidates for life / they are not Judas).
It doesn’t take any faith at all to continue listening to the hopelessly accusing voice. That’s why it’s sinful
Satan may very well accuse you when you are sick, but you can never actually trust these bad feelings because their subjection does not give you any real relief, and this compulses you into worse bondage to sin.
No matter how much they are based on real events, distortions (of those events) are always constructed by their very nature to deceive.
False accusations always lead in the wrong direction.
Using historical vocabulary does not make you qualified to teach history any more than using scientific words makes you a scientist.
So also, nothing that satan says can ever be taken seriously, as though it were reliable.
If you can’t focus on what you really need to do to change then you don’t have a prerogative to feel guilty!
Focus on what you should do to change…NOT a vague, numb feeling of guilt
Don’t ignore your feelings of guilt, go investigate; but don’t focus on the unknown, or, don’t be driven/motivated by unknown feelings of guilt
Any guilt that does not have a solution is useless, unless you redeem it by using it to go find out what you need to do, and go get real good at hearing something by faith.
Put your soul on hold, no matter how troubled
your case is, and wait for truth before believing anything you hear.
A dirty conscious cannot lead you to life, so DON’T FOLLOW IT! Stop believing it.
Take a dirty conscious as seriously as all your other unreliable, untrue feelings. (because for the most part, that’s all it is.)
Die to an evil conscience. (giving yourself to an evil conscience is indulgence; it’s the same thing as indulging on candy bars or anything else; it’s indulgence because it’s not of faith) -- what lives forever is an instructed conscience that has learned Truth
No command [of what you’re supposed to do]? Not hearing truth.
So, Hear truth.
Get real conviction, so that you can do something about your sickness.
See: Heb_9:1; Heb_10:1; Heb_11:1; Heb_12:1;
What to look for when you find yourself sinning/not obeying the SOM, & you are bearing/doing bad fruit
These are some basic entrance requirements.
Heart storing up bad things – i.e. making you a bad tree!
Mouth speaking bad things
Not doing what Jesus said
Mat_6:19, etc. (treasure); Mat_7:17, etc. (trees); Luk_6:43 (treasure & trees)
Mat_12:33-37 CAB "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of his good treasure brings forth good things, and an evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you, that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned."
Mat_12:33-37 Greek ῎Η ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον καλὸν, καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ καλόν, ἢ ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον σαπρὸν, καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ σαπρόν· ἐκ γὰρ τοῦ καρποῦ τὸ δένδρον γινώσκεται. 34 γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, πῶς δύνασθε ἀγαθὰ λαλεῖν πονηροὶ ὄντες; ἐκ γὰρ τοῦ περισσεύματος τῆς καρδίας τὸ στόμα λαλεῖ. 35 ὁ ἀγαθὸς ἄνθρωπος ἐκ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ θησαυροῦ ἐκβάλλει ἀγαθά, καὶ ὁ πονηρὸς ἄνθρωπος ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ θησαυροῦ ἐκβάλλει πονηρά. 36 λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶν ῥῆμα ἀργὸν ὃ ἐὰν λαλήσωσιν οἱ ἄνθρωποι, ἀποδώσουσι περὶ αὐτοῦ λόγον ἐν ἡμέρᾳ κρίσεως· 37 ἐκ γὰρ τῶν λόγων σου δικαιωθήσῃ καὶ ἐκ τῶν λόγων σου καταδικασθήσῃ.
Other dates; 8/6/16; 8/28/16
Examples of Things to Accurately repent of...
These examples are especially effective for insiders.
· Vain guilt
· Cooperating with your enemies
· Depression/Laziness/complacency (hint: the answer to depression is zeal!)
(2) Deeds You Can Effectively Repent of
· Not doing what is most disciplined
· Not thinking / being thoughtful
· ROW – Repent of Words
· Crumbling / being a coward before your enemies
· Giving into discouragement
· Not loving people
· Not believing that you love people or God (if/when you really do)
Repenting of these examples (and things like them) actually works when you are stuck trying to repent.
h: thank you great Sir for your abundant helps : )!
Aye: Thank you for delivering Truth to us again yesterday Sir.
>> See: H’s personal email of thanks for spiritual help.
Believe that you are righteous
Establish a basis to believe that you are
· Loving righteousness
Quote Scriptures that show you are true and alive and rightous and loved and bound for faith and greatness.
Other dates (~2009-2013); 12/28/16 (re-compiled and enhanced); 12/31/16
Self-imposed, Willful Restitution -- What Heart-Purified New Covenant People do!
Pro 6:30 WEB Men don't despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry:
Pro 6:30 CAB It is not to be wondered at if one should be caught stealing, for he steals that when hungry, he may satisfy his soul:
Pro 6:30 οὐ θαυμαστὸν ἐὰν ἁλῷ τις κλέπτων, κλέπτει γὰρ ἵνα ἐμπλήσῃ τὴν ψυχὴν πεινῶν·
Pro 6:31 but if he is found, he shall restore seven times. He shall give all the wealth of his house.
Pro 6:31 but if he should be caught, he shall repay sevenfold, and shall deliver himself by giving all his goods.
Pro 6:31 ἐὰν δὲ ἁλῷ, ἀποτείσει ἑπταπλάσια καὶ πάντα τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὐτοῦ δοὺς ῥύσεται ἑαυτόν.
Or At Least 4 or 5 Times As Much
Exo 22:1 "If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it, or sells it; he shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
Exo 22:1 And if one steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall pay five calves for a calf, and four sheep for a sheep.
Exo 22:1 (21:37) Ἐὰν δέ τις κλέψῃ μόσχον ἢ πρόβατον καὶ σφάξῃ αὐτὸ ἢ ἀποδῶται, πέντε μόσχους ἀποτείσει ἀντὶ τοῦ μόσχου καὶ τέσσαρα πρόβατα ἀντὶ τοῦ προβάτου.
2 Times, if Not Sold
Exo 22:3 If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt of bloodshed for him; he shall make restitution. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
Exo 22:3 But if the sun has risen upon him, he is guilty, and he shall die instead; and if a thief has nothing, let him be sold in compensation for what he has stolen.
Exo 22:3 (22:2) ἐὰν δὲ ἀνατείλῃ ὁ ἥλιος ἐπ᾿ αὐτῷ, ἔνοχός ἐστιν, ἀνταποθανεῖται. ἐὰν δὲ μὴ ὑπάρχῃ αὐτῷ, πραθήτω ἀντὶ τοῦ κλέμματος.
Exo 22:4 If the stolen property is found in his hand alive, whether it is ox, donkey, or sheep, he shall pay double.
Exo 22:4 And if the thing stolen is left and is in his hand alive, whether ox or sheep, he shall restore them twofold.
Exo 22:4 (22:3) ἐὰν δὲ καταλημφθῇ, καὶ εὑρεθῇ ἐν τῇ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ τὸ κλέμμα ἀπό τε ὄνου ἕως προβάτου ζῶντα, διπλᾶ αὐτὰ ἀποτείσει. --
Exo 22:7 "If a man delivers to his neighbor money or stuff to keep, and it is stolen out of the man's house; if the thief is found, he shall pay double.
Exo 22:7 And if anyone gives to his neighbor money or goods to keep, and they are stolen out of the man's house, if the thief is found he shall repay double.
Exo 22:7 (22:6) ἐὰν δέ τις δῷ τῷ πλησίον ἀργύριον ἢ σκεύη φυλάξαι, καὶ κλαπῇ ἐκ τῆς οἰκίας τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ἐὰν εὑρεθῇ ὁ κλέψας, ἀποτείσει διπλοῦν·
Exo 22:9 For every matter of trespass, whether it be for ox, for donkey, for sheep, for clothing, or for any kind of lost thing, about which one says, 'This is mine,' the cause of both parties shall come before God. He whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor.
Exo 22:9 according to every injury alleged, whether it concerns a calf, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, and every alleged loss, whatever in fact it may be — the judgment of both shall proceed before God, and he that is convicted by God shall repay to his neighbor double.
Exo 22:9 (22:8) κατὰ πᾶν ῥητὸν ἀδίκημα περί τε μόσχου καὶ ὑποζυγίου καὶ προβάτου καὶ ἱματίου καὶ πάσης ἀπωλείας τῆς ἐγκαλουμένης, ὅ τι οὖν ἂν ᾖ, ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ ἐλεύσεται ἡ κρίσις ἀμφοτέρων, καὶ ὁ ἁλοὺς διὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἀποτείσει διπλοῦν τῷ πλησίον. --
Exo 22:10 "If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey, an ox, a sheep, or any animal to keep, and it dies or is injured, or driven away, no man seeing it;
Exo 22:10 And if anyone gives to his neighbor a calf, a sheep or any beast to keep, and it is wounded or dies or is taken, and no one know,
Exo 22:10 (22:9) ἐὰν δέ τις δῷ τῷ πλησίον ὑποζύγιον ἢ μόσχον ἢ πρόβατον ἢ πᾶν κτῆνος φυλάξαι, καὶ συντριβῇ ἢ τελευτήσῃ ἢ αἰχμάλωτον γένηται, καὶ μηδεὶς γνῷ,
Exo 22:11 the oath of Yahweh shall be between them both, whether he hasn't put his hand to his neighbor's goods; and its owner shall accept it, and he shall not make restitution.
Exo 22:11 an oath of God shall be between both, each swearing that he has by no means been guilty in the matter of his neighbor's goods; and so his master shall hold him guiltless, and he shall not make compensation.
Exo 22:11 (22:10) ὅρκος ἔσται τοῦ θεοῦ ἀνὰ μέσον ἀμφοτέρων ἦ μὴν μὴ αὐτὸν πεπονηρεῦσθαι καθ᾿ ὅλης τῆς παρακαταθήκης τοῦ πλησίον· καὶ οὕτως προσδέξεται ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἀποτείσει.
Exo 22:12 But if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to its owner.
Exo 22:12 But if it is stolen from him, he shall make compensation to the owner.
Exo 22:12 (22:11) ἐὰν δὲ κλαπῇ παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ, ἀποτείσει τῷ κυρίῳ.
Exo 22:14 "If a man borrows anything of his neighbor's, and it is injured, or dies, its owner not being with it, he shall surely make restitution.
Exo 22:14 And if anyone borrow from his neighbor, and it becomes wounded or dies or is carried away, and the owner of it is not with it, he shall make compensation.
Exo 22:14 (22:13) ἐὰν δὲ αἰτήσῃ τις παρὰ τοῦ πλησίον, καὶ συντριβῇ ἢ ἀποθάνῃ ἢ αἰχμάλωτον γένηται, ὁ δὲ κύριος μὴ ᾖ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, ἀποτείσει·
Exo 22:15 If its owner is with it, he shall not make it good. If it is a leased thing, it came for its lease.
Exo 22:15 But if the owner is with it, he shall not make compensation: but if it is a hired thing, there shall be a compensation to him instead of his hire.
Exo 22:15 (22:14) ἐὰν δὲ ὁ κύριος ᾖ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, οὐκ ἀποτείσει· ἐὰν δὲ μισθωτὸς ᾖ, ἔσται αὐτῷ ἀντὶ τοῦ μισθοῦ αὐτοῦ.
Exo 22:6 "If fire breaks out, and catches in thorns so that the shocks of grain, or the standing grain, or the field are consumed; he who kindled the fire shall surely make restitution.
Exo 22:6 And if fire has gone forth and caught thorns, and should also set on fire threshing floors or ears of corn or a field, he that kindled the fire shall make compensation.
Exo 22:6 (22:5) ἐὰν δὲ ἐξελθὸν πῦρ εὕρῃ ἀκάνθας καὶ προσεμπρήσῃ ἅλωνα ἢ στάχυς ἢ πεδίον, ἀποτείσει ὁ τὸ πῦρ ἐκκαύσας. --
Matthew Affirms that the Borrower is Servant to the Lender
Mat 18:24 And when he began to settle up, one debtor was brought to him owing ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:24 ἀρξαμένου δὲ αὐτοῦ συναίρειν προσηνέχθη αὐτῷ εἶς ὀφειλέτης μυρίων ταλάντων.
Mat 18:25 But since he had nothing with which to repay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and everything that he had, and to be repaid.
Mat 18:25 μὴ ἔχοντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἀποδοῦναι ἐκέλευσεν αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ πραθῆναι καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ τέκνα καὶ πάντα ὅσα εἶχε, καὶ ἀποδοθῆναι.
Mat 18:26 Therefore falling down before him, the servant said, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will repay everything to you.'
Mat 18:26 πεσὼν οὖν ὁ δοῦλος προσεκύνει αὐτῷ λέγων· κύριε, μακροθύμησον ἐπ᾿ ἐμοί καὶ πάντα σοι ἀποδώσω.
Recalling Forgiveness After Continued Sin
Mat 18:31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and they came and narrated to their master all that had taken place.
Mat 18:31 ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ σύνδουλοι αὐτοῦ τὰ γενόμενα ἐλυπήθησαν σφόδρα, καὶ ἐλθόντες διεσάφησαν τῷ κυρίῳ ἑαυτῶν πάντα τὰ γενόμενα.
Mat 18:32 Then summoning him, his master said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Mat 18:32 τότε προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ λέγει αὐτῷ· δοῦλε πονηρέ, πᾶσαν τὴν ὀφειλὴν ἐκείνην ἀφῆκά σοι, ἐπεὶ παρεκάλεσάς με·
Mat 18:33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, as I also had compassion on you?'
Mat 18:33 οὐκ ἔδει καὶ σὲ ἐλεῆσαι τὸν σύνδουλόν σου, ὡς καὶ ἐγὼ σὲ ἠλέησα;
Mat 18:34 "And being angered, his master handed him over to the tormentors until he should pay all that was owed to him.
Mat 18:34 καὶ ὀργισθεὶς ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ παρέδωκεν αὐτὸν τοῖς βασανισταῖς ἕως οὗ ἀποδῷ πᾶν τὸ ὀφειλόμενον αὐτῷ.
In a mysterious way, the flesh resists this in seek to preserve a selfish counterfeit religion, but the Spirit never complains if he has to pay back the whole world to apologize for his former sins.
· Restitution is about Truth
· Restitution is about wanting to justify God’s righteous justice more than your silly self-esteem
· Restitution is about doing the most natural, clean, obvious, basic, humane, reasonable, conscientious thing to do
Exo 22:1 KJV+ IfH3588 a manH376 shall stealH1589 an ox,H7794 orH176 a sheep,H7716 and killH2873 it, orH176 sellH4376 it; he shall restoreH7999 fiveH2568 oxenH1241 forH8478 an ox,H7794 and fourH702 sheepH6629 forH8478 a sheep.H7716
Exo 22:1 LB Laws of Restitution “And if one steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall pay five calves for a calf, and four sheep for a sheep.
Exo 22:1 (21:37) Ἐὰν δέ τις κλέψῃ μόσχον ἢ πρόβατον καὶ σφάξῃ αὐτὸ ἢ ἀποδῶται, πέντε μόσχους ἀποτείσει ἀντὶ τοῦ μόσχου καὶ τέσσαρα πρόβατα ἀντὶ τοῦ προβάτου.
Without natural affection:
Clear your conscious before God by repenting before men
And you say, “how does that demand restitution to men??”
Act_20:20-21 WEB how I didn't shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus.
This is the very basis and beginning principals of all truth, and we want to act like it is not clear???– Heb_6:1
Although we are freely forgiven, we are not automatically cleared of social guilt.
Luk_23:39-43 WEB One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!" 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." 42 He said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." 43 Jesus said to him, "Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
Act_25:11 WEB For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don't refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
It is pure wickedness and hatred toward God (who is Justice) for any of us to despair against receiving what is our just punishment!
Jos_22:22 WEB …if it was in rebellion, or if in trespass against Yahweh (don't save us this day),
Remember that He only wanted to appear good in people’s eyes, even though he had just offended truth.
He wanted public approval, but did not want to repent publically.
Consider the only times he repented were when David confronted him publically!
When all was said and done: Sinned against Gebionites
Whether you personally are giving it or receiving it, what mind set does Jesus approve of?
Luk_17:4 CAB And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day he returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."
m5 = leave your gift before the alter;
1Pe_3: = your prayers are cut off!
1Sa_12:1-3 CAB And Samuel said to all Israel, Behold, I have listened to your voice in all things that you have said to me, and I have set a king over you. 2 And now behold, the king goes before you; and I have grown old and shall rest. And look, my sons are among you; I have gone about before you from my youth to this day. 3 Behold, here am I, answer against me before the Lord and before His anointed. Whose calf have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or who among you have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe, even as much as a sandal? Bear witness against me, and I will make restitution to you.
Righteousness Says: If I fail to Do Restitution for My Sins May no Marcy Be Shown to Me!
Truth righteousness is more important than the preservation of my Soul!
Job_31:38-40 CAB If at any time the land groaned against me, and if its furrows mourned together; 39 and if I ate its strength alone without price, and if I too grieved the heart of the owner of the soil, by taking from him, 40 then let the thistles come up to me instead of wheat, and a bramble instead of barley. And Job ceased speaking.
Psa_7:1-5 CAB A Psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord because of the words of Cush the Benjamite. O Lord my God, in You have I trusted: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me, 2 lest at any time the enemy seize my soul as a lion, while there is none to ransom, nor to save. 3 O Lord my God, if I have done this; (if there is unrighteousness in my hands) 4 if I have requited with evil those who requited me with good; may I then perish empty by means of my enemies. 5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; and let him trample my life on the ground, and lay my glory in the dust. Pause.
Zacchaeus and Other Repentant Pagans
Luk_19:1-10; Act_16:35-40; 2Co_7:10-11
(compare also Jon_3:1-10)
Why is it that even pagans innately know how to repent more than religiously trained people?
There is no excuse for neglecting the most basic good of righteous restitution. And don’t say for a moment that this is reserved for such deep spiritual insight, because even untaught pagans automatically know how to do this if they ever get serious about repenting.
Although we have an obligation to throw other people’s ignorant sins behind our back, we are commanded to make restitution for our own sins as much as that is accessible to us.
Commandment: you will make reconciliation! Repent and make reconciliation for every time you are hard hearted, harsh, short, fleshly, not helpful to your friend.
Quickly receive free forgiveness from God's hand without fear of past guilt but make reconciliation to all men as much as it is accessible to you, then you will be an enemy of the devil and a hater of the flesh.
If you harden your heart and refuse to verbally mend the wounds that you have inflicted, these are remembered on judgment day. God will not forget to make all things right. Make sure that you never leave injustice undone lest it make you undone in the end
Serious: Apologize so frequently that hardheartedness is completely impractical.
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