TRUE REPENTANCE AND REPENTING ON BEHALF OF OUR NATIONS
Repentance is not a ritual of the church nor is it an emotion. Repentance means to completely turn around, to change our minds, to decide to turn away from all unrighteousness and sin. It is a decision of the will that is registered in the mind. It is a choice to submit ourselves to what God requires us to do. When we have repented and are walking closely with the Lord, we then have the right to repent on behalf of our suburb, city, state and nation. When the Lord speaks of repentance, He speaks to nations as much as He speaks to individual people.
Love and hate are both normal emotions created within us. The Lord also loves and hates. Is hate always bad? Is love always good? It depends on whom or what we are loving or hating. Examples of good righteous love is to love the Lord, to love serving Him, to love the Word of God, to love our family both natural and spiritual. Examples of unrighteous love are the love of money or the love and enjoyment of sin. There are two uses for the one word ‘hate’. One ‘hate’ is a very strong word meaning a deep sense of loathing, detestation or abhorrence; something so wicked it must be absolutely rejected. The other use of ‘hate’, means to ‘love less than’.
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