The first reason, why I tell someone to repent to God, is because its obvious, they stepped out of their love walk. It happens. We all can do it. But we do have to get back to that place, where we are repenting, to God, humble. But we do have to recognize it…
See, Christ told us, we would be known by the love.
BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER. JOHN 13:35. KJV.
When we get out of that place of love, by not repenting, or by not apologizing to someone we offended, we give place to the enemy. We can actually hurt ourselves, or curse ourselves, by getting out of that love walk.
Because it takes away our hedge of protection. From the blood of Jesus. His blood is love, He suffered, and took our transgressions, because of His love, and that blood, that is pure. It protects us. Even here I plead His blood, dear Jesus, and I thank you. Love always protects. (read Isaiah 53:5 kjv)
Its obvious by the fruit. One can automatically sense, and see whether or not, its love, or even hate. By the fruit they give to a person. And even an animal could sense it….
WHEREFORE BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM. Matthew 7:20. KJV,
When people make excuses, instead of apologizing, or repenting to God, it brings in pride. Pride goes before a fall.
PRIDE GOETH BEFORE DESTRUCTION, AND AN HAUGHTY SPIRIT BEFORE A FALL. PROVERBS 16:18 KJV.
I would never wish even my enemy to have destruction or a fall, so I try to warn someone, to see their “haughty” spirit, to avoid that. By repenting or apologizing. Thats love. And I try to stay in that love walk. I have to for my own soul.
The fruit reveals, whether or not the “spirit” comes from God, or the enemy.
AND THIS IS HIS COMMANDMENT, THAT WE SHOULD BELIEVE ON THE NAME OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST, AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS HE GAVE US HIS COMMANDMENT. I JOHN 3:23 KJV.
When I tell someone you need to repent, I am telling them, because I am trying to save their soul. So they truly can be born again. First.
I am seeing the evidence, the fruit of what they are doing, and it shows, if the spirit is not from God. By even their behavior, its not love. I am telling them according to what my King James bible says.
When someone mocks you, or brings up even your Christianity, to scrutinize, as if they were the expert, and judge, that not love, its an accusatory spirit, that only wants to make themselves look better. See truth be, we all sin, we all come short of His glory.
We are not to give place to the enemy. Ever. Yes there is forgiveness, but you cannot get that forgiveness, unless you ask. You cannot receive it from God, unless you ask Him. So one needs to repent. Grace does not cover, that, it is a sin. And this is where many have the misconception, about grace and the law. Grace, is only given after repentance. And He will not forgive us, unless we forgive others as well.
But you cannot sin, by getting out of love, or disobedience. Not forgiving, not walking in love, is disobedience. To God, for God is love.
BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER: FOR LOVE IS OF GOD; AND EVERY ONE THAT LOVETH IS BORN OF GOD, AND KNOWETH GOD, HE THAT LOVETH NOT KNOWETH NOT GOD; FOR GOD IS LOVE. I JOHN 4:7-8. KJV.
Do you see in this scripture, that it says, we are to love, because we are born of God. Well when we repent, we are born of God. That spirit, should always be the main spirit, we work from. Thats always the goal. But the enemy does want to steal that from us, by getting out of our love walk.
When someone offends me, I automatically know, and in most cases, I even tell the person, I forgive you. Whether or not they apologize, because I do not want that poison in my soul. Its a two-way sword, and when in battle, things can be said. And I remember, the scripture.
GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHICH LOVE THY LAW: AND NOTHING SHALL OFFEND THEM. Psalms 119:165.
I repent, and apologize, because I do get offended. And I try not to. But I am human. I am not going to lie. But because of His law, that I love, I repent, I apologize. I want to be mature in understanding. Do you see, even here how important the law is? Many teach you don’t need it, but because I love you, I warn here as well, repent, and embrace the law of God, even though you have been taught wrong. A perfect example….
Repenting, and apologizing go hand in hand.
For, when the person, who offended apologizes they also release themselves, so God can forgive them, and so they can see, they need to get right with God first, and then the person.
Its not complicated. But one needs to know, the principles in which Gods Kingdom, reveals who He is, and who the enemy is. Love, never fails.
When I tell someone to repent. I am telling them, because first I serve God. And then, I am telling them, because I am commanded to love, others. So I warn them. Repent. Apologize. I am telling them because I love God, and I love them.
I am not trying to be their boss, or be bossy, but I do take authority in matters like this, because I am an ambassador for Christ. And so I use that authority to warn someone, and tell them, you are in spiritual danger, by getting out of your love walk. You need to repent. You need to apologize.
It grieves me, when I have to tell this to people, I love, because I guess, I thought, they understood, that, and would automatically be humble. And walk in love with me. But lately, I have not been seeing that. And it grieves me. I will be honest. I have lost friends lately. Friends that I loved dearly. But something happened, even in their love walk, where love was not communicated. I cannot second guess people. And when I extend grace and they give me the silent treatment, its hard to understand.
I come from a different place, I confront situations, I don’t hide my feelings, or allow things to offend me, so I try and talk, but when thats not received, I know there is a spirit of offense.
I try to do it in love, but when its not reciprocated, what can I do? I pray…So oh well. But I serve God first. I am not a people pleaser. Even though, I walk in love. I walk in love toward God first. I look to see what I am doing offends God or not. Then people.
But when I see the resistance, to not repent, or to apologize, it does grieve me. Because I know the principles in this, and it opens the door to the enemy. I don’t wish that for any of my friends, or enemies. Or even “frenemies” Because I am commanded to love. And love, does not speak evil, or return evil, just because someone does not agree with you.
I hope this helps someone. But I felt the Lord put it on my heart, to explain it today.
Please, repent, go to God, you see, I have learned this, to daily go to Him, and ask Him to forgive me, because I am sharp sometimes, and I come off blunt, as well, and love may not always be seen.
But Christ is my Lord, and savior, and His spirit, I embrace, and I let His love, live in my heart, the temple of the Living God. I often ask others, who is living in your temple? Because love is not seen, thats not God.
Because God is love. When I offend, I apologize. Whether its received or not. And I know when I am wrong, and I know when the devil is trying to just condemn me.
And it grieves me, when I have apologized, but its thrown in my face, at a later time, to remind me, of what I did. And thats not forgiving someone. Love, covers a multitude of sins.
But the only way, its cleared is by repenting to God first, who gives you the spirit, of love, to be humble, to apologize to the person you offended.
I never, would ever, want someone to apologize to me, because I made them. But because they saw the error of their ways, and want to get right with God. And with me. Because love, was the motivator.
Because Christ is their savior.
Blessings, Elena Ramirez