Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
It’s the goodness of God that leads to repentance. God is a good God. Jesus said in John 5:19, “I only do what I see my Father do.” Jesus is the will of God in action. “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” If you want to know the will of God, then look at Jesus. The Bible says in Acts 10:38 that Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.
One of the greatest things about the Lord is His compassion. He’s not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Repentance is a turning away from sin and a turning unto God. And it is a gift that He gives each and every person.
The thing we must remember is that it is the goodness of God which leads us to repentance. When you see how good He is, how much He loves you, it leads to action-to turn from our ways unto Him. The sad thing is that many people have never experienced his goodness. They’ve only heard preachers preach condemnation, guilt, shame and inferiority. They preach that we’re only worms and we shouldn’t expect much from God. No wonder people never grow spiritually or in their relationship with Him. It’s knowing how good He is that leads us to repentance, not being beat over the head concerning how unworthy we are.
Acts 3:19 in the Amplified says, “So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return to God, that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean) that times of refreshing (recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord.” Repentance truly is a gift. Thank God for repentance. It’s the way back. The way back to fellowship and walking with Him. The whole purpose of repentance is that our sins may be washed away and nothing will stand between us and the Lord. But it doesn’t end there. It’s also so there will be times of refreshing . That’s revival. Revival occurs when we return to God, acknowledge and forsake our sin. We then receive refreshing and reviving from the Presence of the Lord.
So don’t stay in a continual state of repentance. Realize when you confess your sins, He forgives us and forgets. We can stand up clean, free from sin. We can experience revival in our hearts and lives. Instead of just repentance, we can live in a constant state of revival.It’s not just according to the “sovereign will of God.” It’s up to US how close we want to be to God. We can draw near to Him and He will draw near to us. This is when we truly experience everlasting change. And it’s all because of one reason-God is a good God.