Saturday, February 28, 2009

What repentance says

"If your brother sins, rebuke him. And if he repents, forgive him." Luke 17:3

How should we repent when rightly rebuked? In four ways:

1. "I was wrong." Plain, honest, no evasions.

2. "I am sorry." Brokenhearted, realizing the damage done.

3. "It won't happen again." Rebuilding trust for the future.

4. "Is there anything I can do to make it up to you?" Performing deeds in keeping with repentance (Acts 26:20; Matthew 3:8).

"And let us be in earnest, not as fencers but as warriors." Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance, page 122.