There are still people who insist that we have to preach on repentance. Well, I disagree! I think we should do it God’s way – preach the goodness of God and allow the goodness of God to lead people to repentance. Such repentance will be true repentance. It will not be motivated by the fear of judgment and indignation. It will be a genuine repentance that is motivated by His grace, unconditional love and compassion. After all, our ability to love God stems from our first tasting His love for us.
See Luke 15 for the parable Jesus gives [1 parable; 3 parts] demonstrating true repentance:
1. The lost sheep
2. The lost coin
3. The lost sons
Repentance is not a work that you do in order to earn forgiveness from God; repentance is your response to the God who was crucified on the cross even before you knew you needed forgiveness; who sought you out, who finds you, who offers it to you as a gift; and when you encounter that,… and you receive it as the gift that it was intended to be. This is what genuine repentance is. Michael Ramsden