Repentance is a Gift: What God demands, God also grants

24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant (???????) them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

–2 Tim 2:24-25

???????????? has a wide range of meaning, but it is always related to ???giving.??? Perhaps the closest to our passage in BDAG is ???grant, allow.??? So repentance is a gift, but how so?My conclusion is that there is a road that leads from a gentle heart open to the convicting working of God???s Spirit, to patterns of sin, to the hard heart in which God gives people over to their sin (Rom 1:24,26, 28).Earlier on in one???s journey, we are sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit and repent easily. But as we continue to neglect the voice of the Spirit, as we insist on our sin, as we establish patterns of unrepentance, those patterns become more and more entrenched. ??Eventually, because we are so familiar with our patterns of behavior, we don???t even see the patterns and feel totally justified in how we live.–Bill Mounce @ Koinonia blog.

Repentance is a Gift: What God demands, God also grants

24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant (δώῃ) them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

–2 Tim 2:24-25

διδωμι has a wide range of meaning, but it is always related to “giving.” Perhaps the closest to our passage in BDAG is “grant, allow.” So repentance is a gift, but how so?

My conclusion is that there is a road that leads from a gentle heart open to the convicting working of God’s Spirit, to patterns of sin, to the hard heart in which God gives people over to their sin (Rom 1:24,26, 28).

Earlier on in one’s journey, we are sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit and repent easily. But as we continue to neglect the voice of the Spirit, as we insist on our sin, as we establish patterns of unrepentance, those patterns become more and more entrenched.  Eventually, because we are so familiar with our patterns of behavior, we don’t even see the patterns and feel totally justified in how we live.

Bill Mounce @ Koinonia blog.

All That is Past

Almighty God,Our heavenly Father,We have sinned against you in thought and word and deed,through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past;and grant that we may serve you in newness of life,to the glory of your name.Amen.

All That is Past

Almighty God,

Our heavenly Father,

We have sinned against you in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life,
to the glory of your name.

Amen.

We have sinned

Holy and righteous God,We confess that like Isaiah, we are a people of unclean lips. But it is not only unclean lips we possess. We are people with unclean hands and unclean hearts. We have broken your law times without number, and are guilty of pride, unbelief, self-centeredness and idolatry. Affect our hearts with the severity of our sin and the glory of your righteousness as we now acknowledge our sins in your holy presence.We have had other gods before you.We have worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator.We have sought satisfaction in this world???s pleasures rather than in You.We have loved to praise our own glory more than yours.We have taken your name in vain.We have prayed religious prayers to impress others.We have uttered your name countless times without reverence or love.We have listened to others use your name in vain without grieving.We have murdered in our hearts.We have often destroyed our neighbor with our tongues.We have been quick to uncharitably judge others.We have considered revenge when we were sinned against. Continue reading

We have sinned

Holy and righteous God,
We confess that like Isaiah, we are a people of unclean lips. But it is not only unclean lips we possess. We are people with unclean hands and unclean hearts. We have broken your law times without number, and are guilty of pride, unbelief, self-centeredness and idolatry. Affect our hearts with the severity of our sin and the glory of your righteousness as we now acknowledge our sins in your holy presence.

We have had other gods before you.

We have worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator.
We have sought satisfaction in this world’s pleasures rather than in You.
We have loved to praise our own glory more than yours.

We have taken your name in vain.

We have prayed religious prayers to impress others.
We have uttered your name countless times without reverence or love.
We have listened to others use your name in vain without grieving.

We have murdered in our hearts.

We have often destroyed our neighbor with our tongues.
We have been quick to uncharitably judge others.
We have considered revenge when we were sinned against.
Continue reading