In Matthew 3:1-2. John The Baptist taught repentance.
In Luke 13, Jesus preached repentance. In verses 3 and 5 He says “I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
In 2 Corinthians Chapter 7 Paul admonishes in verse 10 that “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of, but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
I personally know of the joy of repentance!!
I spent a lot of my life living in Patty’s will. What it got me was miserable! Today, I am doing my best to learn to live in God’s will and what that gives me is happiness and satisfaction!! Yes, I do get satisfaction out of doing the right thing, just because it is the right thing. Not always, mind you, but a lot of the time.
I have discovered that “I” do not have a clue what “I” need. I sometimes know what I may think that I want, but “never” do I know what I need!! But, on the other hand, God always know what is in the best interest for me and everyone concerned!!
Because I spent so much time living in my own will. I have had a whole lot of things to repent for. I started that process out by working the 12 steps from the 12 Step program that I am a member of. That really helped me! In the Steps, I not only learned how to accept personal responsibility, get a relationship with my Higher Power, Heavenly Father, make amends to people that I had harmed, but I learned a new way to live!
I also began the repentance process with Heavenly Father for my wrong doing. Part of what I believe is true repentance, is to forsake the sin. So part of this journey has been to stop acting in those ways.
I have realized in major ways in the past 7 years that “wickedness never was happiness”, and that obeying God’s commandment’s, for me, truly is the way to happiness. No, I am not perfect! And, yes I still have a lot of repenting, growing and changing to do. But, today, I can say that I am truly happy today! And have been for quite a while now.
Remember: What e’er thou art, act well thy part!! (I just love that quote! Can you tell?)