Revelation 2:1-5, “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”
“Repent”: in Greek, it’s “metanoeo”, means to change one’s mind, to think differently, to reconsider.
Five of the seven churches in Revelation were told to repent. Repent is a fundamental thing to do. When you repent, you want to change the way you formulate your ideas.
There are four areas in which we should repent
1) Repent about who Jesus Christ is
- God loves us with all of our heart. His grace and forgiveness is so great.
- When you repent about Him that means you want God to take the right place in your heart. You want to surrender your life to Him.
2) Change your mind about yourself
- When you repent about yourself that means you change your mind about yourself.
- You want to enthrone God and dethrone yourself.
- Remember, self has no place. It isn’t about “me”, it’s about the Lord.
- There’s nothing good in “me”.
- We live in our own prison of being right.
3) Change your mind of other people
- What God thinks about people is relevant. It’s not what you think about people.
- Love others as you love yourself.
- Yes, people frustrate us, but again, it’s not what you think, it’s what God thinks.
4) Change your mind about your behavior around others.
- Whatever you do, you’ve got to justify it, right? Wrong!
- Say, “I’m wrong.” “I’m sorry.”, “Can you forgive me?”
- Paul tells us, “Reckon … yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.