Do the red lights of life seem to keep slowing you down? What if the red lights really are telling you to STOP. Don’t continue to go this direction. It is not going to get you where you want to go. TURN!!!
What if Biblical “repentance” is a call out of LOVE to, “TURN … Stop going that direction… It’s not going to get you where you want to go”. What if we really believed that "repentance" was to turn from our own thoughts and ways because they can never bring us peace, contentment, fulfillment, a clear conscience, love, joy, and hope; and turn to the one and only Way that, not only can, but, DESIRES to give us true Life that fulfills our very hearts desires; The One whose plan and purpose has been and still is to Love us perfectly, be with us, meet our every need, and to always be on our side.
What if "repentance" is turning to boldly trust that no matter what it looks like or feels like, He is for me, not against me, and I will willingly follow His Way, humbly admitting that my way has gotten in the way of my own freedom and fulfillment; My way has brought pain, disappointment, poverty, depression, defeat, and or destructive pride, arrogance, judgement, selfishness and mistreatment of those around me from whom I desire love and acceptance the most.
What if "repentance" is coming back home to the me I was created to be, to my creator who fashioned me with great love, who is waiting for me with open arms of acceptance, who has desired from the beginning to lead me to my destiny breaming with exhilaration, passion, peace, provision, relationship, abundant life, freedom and fruit that is always sharing life, joy and hope with others.
Even in this world, He has made a Way. He is nearer than you think. He is not mad at you and He loves you more than any human being could ever do. He is for you and is trustworthy.
What if “repentance” is me making a choice of my will, today, to turn to the One who gives True LIFE!
“Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, [II Cor. 9:10.] So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name of renown, for an everlasting sign [of jubilant exaltation] and memorial [to His praise], which shall not be cut off.”
Isaiah 55:6-13 AMP