The Unearned Liberty of Repentance
Galatians 6:8b NIV
The one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Real contrition has its own uncommon fruit – ultimate restoration to a magnanimous Father. Repentance enters the redemption that Christ sowed with the seed of His Life-Blood and we gain the unearned liberty of suffering none of our consequences. He took our punishment and died our death sentence. We gain His pure seed and His outlandish purity. We are welcomed as kings and showered with blessing.
Luke 3:8 AMPC
Bear fruits that are deserving and consistent with [your] repentance [that is, conduct worthy of a heart changed, a heart abhorring sin].
The Joy of Heaven Over Repentance
While writing this, I am experiencing it vividly. I have a Prodigal who planted terribly selfish seed, corrupt and damaging. She has been gone for several years. I have loved her and waited and watched down the road for her return.
Somehow in the last weeks I began to experience Christ’s love for her in such a clean way that it was clear to me her ‘criminal record’ has been erased. There is not even a need to confess and forgive. There is no need for reconciliation as such. I sensed by the Spirit that her reconciliation with God happened by her solitary repentance. So we are reconciled by His satisfaction. It was not a matter between us. The Prodigal had sinned against heaven first, then father. He knew the problem was with God first. That solved, relationships are restored naturally.
Many begin to repent but never reach the bottommost depravity of the heart. Those who face with God their utter corruption are fully forgiven, transformed and liberated.
Then nothing is left but the delighted Love of God and a celebration with no accounting, no bad memories, no accusation. The past has vanished and today is the only Real. The one thing remains…Love.
Luke 15:10 AMPC
Even so, I tell you, there is joy among and in the presence of the angels of God over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind for the better, heartily amending his ways, with abhorrence of his past sins).
Grace…so amazing, so divine.