The Joy of Repentance by Kerry L. Skinner

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The Joy of Repentance

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For years I have shared God’s Word through leading conferences, preaching, teaching, and counseling. My assignment has been to share with God’s people the power of His healing forgiveness toward repentant individuals. As a result of sharing the positive message of repentance many came seeking further help on how to be restored in their walk with God. An astounding discovery surfaced in that many of God’s people knew they needed to be forgiven and cleansed from sin but resisted the process of repentance. Whether the person was well known or relatively unnoticed by society, both had the same need–to repent from debilitating sin and return to joyful living. Yet there was something blocking them from returning to God through repentance.
In many ways, the Body of Christ has forsaken the biblical mandate to repent, defining the process as negative and burdensome. But in reality, sin produces a yoke of bondage and consequence, while repentance provides a roadway of reconciliation. For individuals, families, churches, communities, and nations to be healed there must be a return to God.
Revival is the work of God brought to the heart of believers through the work of repentance. Repentance is always present in true revival. Many, though, do not understand the positive work of repentance and therefore avoid discussion or application of repentance to their lives. Negative attitudes toward sin and repentance discourage believers from experiencing personal revival. As a result, confession of sin seems to be common while repentance is rare.
Though sin truly is negative, repentance is the most positive word in the Bible. While the process of repentance is sometimes painful, the result of being back in fellowship with God brings great joy. Believers who make the wonderful discovery that repentance is a refreshing of the soul understand that joyful living is the result.
The call to repentance is supported scripturally and then reinforced practically through multiple examples of application. The text provides truth that helps all believers understand the nature and sequence of repentance in their own lives, and in the lives of others. When Scripture is followed, potential is restored, and God is magnified. The Joy of Repentance is a book of hope, structure, and biblical teaching that provides a framework for personal revival resulting in great joy!

Kerry L. Skinner

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