Responding to Sovereign Grace… repentance and returning

Believing necessitates repentance.  Why did Jesus lead with repentance and not belief?

 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15 ESV)

We say we believe many things, but does the corresponding action agree or substantiate our claim?  If there is no repentance… no turning from where we were headed, no turning away from the idols we worshipped, no turning to a new Love, the Savior of our hearts… then we do not believe, do we?

I Repent

I regret the hours I have wasted and the pleasures I have tasted that you were never in.
And I confess that though your love is in me, it doesn’t always win me when competing with my sin.

CHORUS
And I repent, making no excuses. I repent no one else to blame. And I return to fall in love with Jesus.
I bow down on my knees and I repent.

I lament the idols I’ve accepted, the commandments I’ve rejected to pursue my selfish end. And I confess I need you to revive me, put selfishness behind me and take up my cross again.

And I return to fall in love with Jesus. I bow down on my knees and I repent.

Words by Dave Noel and Music by Steve Green and Phil Naish Copyright 1998 Birdwing Music, Steve Green Music, Meadowgreen Music, Devaub Music and Jillybird Music. Birdwing Music, Steve Green Music, Meadowgreen Music and Devaub Music Admin. by EMI-CMP. Jillybird Music Admin. by Addison Music Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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