daughter; but lest you do repent As that the sin hath brought you to this shame, Which sorrow is always towards ourselves, not heaven, Showing we would not spare heaven as we love it, But as we stand in fear...I do repent me as it is an evil, And take the shame with joy.? Tempest, 3:3 ? ?For which foul deed, the Powers delaying, not forgetting, Have incensed the seas, and shores, yea, all the creatures, Against your peace? Whose wrath to guard you from? is nothing but heart?s sorrow And a clear life ensuing.?
Simon, Reconciliation, 195, 379 ? ?At the very bottom it is God whose claims are advocated, whose part is taken, by that in us which, whilst most truly our own, yea, our very selves, is also most truly his, and of him. The divine energy and idea, which constitutes us, will not let its own root and source suffer wrong unatoned . God intends for us to be givers as well as receivers, givers even to him. We share in his image that we may be creators and givers, not from compulsion, but in love.? Such repentance as this is wrought only by the Holy Spirit. Conscience, indeed, is present in every human heart, but only the Holy Spirit convinces of sin. Why is the Holy Spirit needed? A. J. Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 189201 ? ?Conscience is the witness to the law and the Spirit is the witness to grace. Conscience brings legal conviction but the Spirit brings evangelical conviction. The one begets a conviction unto despair, the other a conviction unto hope. Conscience convinces of sin committed, of righteousness impossible, of judgment impending and the Comforter convinces of sin committed, of righteousness imputed, of judgment accomplished, in Christ. God alone can reveal the divine view of sin and enable man to understand it.? But, however agonizing the sorrow, it will not constitute true repentance unless it leads to, or is accompanied by:
C. A voluntary element, change of purpose, inward turning from sin and disposition to seek pardon and cleansing ( <195105>Psalm 51:5, 7, 10;
<242505> Jeremiah 25:5). This includes and implies the two preceding elements, and is therefore the most important aspect of repentance. It is indicated in the Scripture term meta>noia ( <440238>Acts 2:38; <450204>Romans 2:4).
<195105> Psalm 51:5, 7, 10 ? ?Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me...Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shah be whiter than snow...Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me?; <242505>Jeremiah 25:5 ? ?Return ye now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings?; <440233>Acts 2:33 ? ?And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ?; <450204>Romans 2:4 ? ?despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and
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