Pastor’s Pen 8th September 2019

Shalom. With God all things are possible, and in God may you also find them beneficial and permissible.

Repentance is important to a Christian. To repent means to change your direction, to change your mind, to change your lifestyle, your habits and your relationships. Unless these changes have taken place in your life, you have never really come to know Jesus Christ. Repentance, true repentance, is followed by a transformed mind and life. It’s a radical thing.
Grace is, I believe, a really good sign that repentance is at work. Not that you freely accept grace and see it as a free ticket out of your sin and a pardon for bad behaviour – What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (Romans 6.1-2)
Grace holds us in wonder as we realise the immensity of forgiveness that has been awarded us and further realise we don’t deserve it and then realise even further that regardless of that we are truly free!!! Grace is the act of God that we respond to in thankfulness and gratitude, it begets an attitude of amazed appreciation for what God has done and propels us to a desire of wanting to show God the depth of that gratitude by living lives that bring Him glory; not because we have to, but because we want to. We don’t view it as a free ticket, but as an invitation into a lifelong journey of growth, discovery, joy, suffering and servanthood.
We are beginning to understand grace when we can honestly be satisfied with whom we are, warts and all…
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12. 9-10)

Grace doesn’t always change us, but it always allows us to change. Grace is a gift, given to us from God, and often in relationships, it’s the best gift we can give others. Grace gives us room to be ourselves, it doesn’t excuse bad behaviour, attitudes or language; it helps us find the strength to face it and the wisdom to repent of it.

I hope that you have a grace-filled week flowing from repentance as Christ continues to complete the good work He began in you.

Bless ya
Pastor Mike