- We repent because we fear God. â€œSurely his [Godâ€™s] salvation is at hand for those who fear Himâ€ (Ps 85:9). One of the criminals who was crucified near Jesus came under the fear of judgment and repented before the Lord. The result? The criminal received Jesusâ€™ saving grace (Lk 23:39â€“43). Unfortunately, those who do not fear God will be hard pressed to receive Godâ€™s grace.
- We repent because we are humbled before God. â€œGod resists the proud, but gives grace to the humbleâ€ (1 Pet 5:5). A tax collector, often viewed as extortionists in Jesusâ€™ time, humbled himself before God and said, â€œGod, be merciful to me a sinner!â€ Because of the tax collectorâ€™s humility in recognizing his own sin, he was fully justified by the Lord (Lk 18:13â€“14). â€œFor, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they [the Israelites] did not submit to Godâ€™s righteousnessâ€ (Rom 10:3). Because of the pride and status many Israelites held in the law, they were unable to see Jesus was the end of the law for righteousness (Rom 10:4). From the Israelitesâ€™ mistake we see how pride is the greatest obstacle among those who could have received Godâ€™s salvation had they been humble enough to accept it.