Conclusions drawn from the study of forgotten sins:
“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” Ephesians 4:28
1. Repentance: Compunction followed by reversal
A. Compunction: A pricking of heart; poignant grief or remorse proceeding from consciousness of guilt; the pain, sorrow or regret for having offended God, and incurred His wrath.
B. Reversal: A change or overthrowing; to turn upside-down; to turn to the contrary; to put each in the place of the other.
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Revelation 3:19
Now that we have established what repentance is, (namely the conviction of and sorrow for sin, followed by the replacement of sin by it’s opposite) we need to find out just what we should be replacing the afore posted sins with!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
So, now we have our work cut out for us!!! Wow! Don’t be overwhelmed at this “daunting” task of repentance. Our dear Lord has promised to never leave or forsake us, that He would give us nothing that was too hard for us, and that His burden is easy and His yoke light! Thank you Lord! I am going to put the definitions of the fruits of the spirit here, but charity defines herself in the verses above. May the Lord help His children to zealously repent!
2. Love: Affection or benevolence; charity.
A. Benevolence: The disposition to do good; good will; kindness; charitableness; the love of mankind, accompanied with the desire to promote their happiness.
3. Joy: Cheerfulness; calm delight; gladness.
4. Peace: Quietness, rest, set at one; unity. Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety, or the like; quietness of mind; tranquility; calmness; quiet of conscience. Harmony, concord.
5. Longsuffering: Forbearance or fortitude; patience. Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; not easily provoked.
6. Gentleness: Excellence in character or demeanor; goodness; kindness. Softness of manners; mildness of temper; sweetness of disposition; meekness.
7. Goodness: Virtue or beneficence. Kindness; benevolence; benignity of heart; but more generally: acts of kindness; charity.
A. Beneficence: The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
8. Faith: Constancy in profession; truth itself; assurance, belief, fidelity. The assent of the mind to the truth that is declared by God, resting on His authority and veracity.
9. Meekness: Humility; gentleness of spirit.
A. Meek: Free from haughtiness and self-will; piously humble and submissive; patient and unresentful under injury or reproach.
10. Temperance: Self control; The practice or habit of restraining oneself in provocation, passion, desire, etc.; rational self-restraint.
These fruits give a good list of things for us to work on, but search the scripture and examine your heart and ways in light of it to see what else the Lord has for us there!
“Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” Revelation 2:16