Acts 17:29-31: “For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
God has judged us guilty, but He has laid our guilt upon His Son and He wants that all would come to live in this freedom from the guilt of sin and the power of sin. He calls upon us to repent, or to change our mind about the way we think about Him. He has not come to judge us, but He has come to save us. He wants us to repent so that we may live.
My uncle served in the mission field, traveling to 51 countries to call upon people to repent and to believe the Gospel.
He told me that when he saw a person leaning on a crooked cane which appeared to be very weak, he would extend to them the straight cane of Christ. He shared with me that oftentimes, the person would reach out for the strong and straight Cane and then throw the one that they had been depending upon away.
Some time back, I heard a pastor tell of an experience of his youth in which he illustrated the meaning of the word, repent. He said that he and a bunch of boys had enjoyed some youthful fun shooting out the barn windows of their uncle’s barn. Later, their uncle sat with them, wondering out loud of who could have done such a thing, with the boys concurring with him by stating that they wondered the same thing. As they sat there, my pastor friend said that then his uncle winked at them . . . God delights to show mercy . . . He delights to forgive. . . He wants all . . .