The Doorpost: The Way to the good life

By Ray King  ·  Jun 20, 2023

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord …
Acts 3:19-20a

We often think of the pain of repentance rather than thinking of the good it offers.

It’s hard to admit we’re wrong. Putting our trust in someone besides ourselves is threatening to our human nature. But changing our minds, turning from our own way, putting our trust in Jesus and following Him is the only way to receive the good life He offers.

Today we live in a culture that is in confusion and turmoil, rejecting Jesus Christ and glorifying things He condemns. As we look back in the history of the United States and all over the world, the good things that have happened because of Jesus are obvious, yet our government, our institutions, our media, and even some in the Church are promoting things He warns against and condemns.

Repentance is necessary to begin our relationship with Jesus and also to continue our walk with Him as we daily turn away from conformity to the patterns of this world and are transformed by the renewing of our minds to prove what is His good, pleasing, and perfect will (Romans 12:2).

Our message to those looking for answers, and even for those who aren’t looking, is to repent—turning to Jesus “that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

Ray King is editor emeritus of the Samaritan Ministries newsletter.