Unfortunately, many will not repent without the proper motivation. Mankind has attempted to motivate others to repent by dangling them over the fire. A common statement is, “You know what will happen”. Or, they back the hearse up to the door. Telling them that they may be next or it may be now or never. For many, repentance is simply their fire escape out of hell. When motivated for these reasons, people’s response is merely emotional. God is clear in 2 Timothy 1:7.
7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
God does not use fear to scare one into repentance. People who are motivated in this way often find it hard to love God. They are afraid of God. God has a much different way to motivate one to repentance, Romans 2:4.
4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
God does not condemn us to repentance. It is God’s goodness that should motivate one to repent
When one is motivated out of fear, they have a difficult time relating to God as a loving God. This includes most believers. This is partially because their memories of their parents were not as loving parents especially their father Too often, their memories of their father is as a disciplinarian. A father that tells them that they better listen or else. A father that would spank first and questions later. A father, who could not find the time to spend with them. Unfortunately, many picture God in a similar manner. It makes it hard for many of us to believe that God is a loving Father, when we do not have anything to relate to God on earth.
Thankfully so; God is much more compassionate and loving than most of us can conceive. God is love. This why we must rely on the workings of the Holy Spirit to give a person the revelation of our loving God and Messiah. This is what should motivate one to repentance.
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