Does repentance change God’s mind? That’s a very interesting question. It seems that true repentance does touch God’s heart and causes him to change some of the punishment that was forthcoming. There are many examples of this,….. from the people of Ninevah who repented in sackcloth and ashes … “when God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it.(Johah 3:10) . Remember David’s repentance , how about Peter and Paul, remember the good thief, …. what about “you and me”.
God has a tender heart desiring all of his children to return to him. When we really repent…saying ”I have sinned” and turn to God for forgiveness and mercy, God is very merciful. He doesn’t want to destroy the people he created out of his love. To the very last minute, he wants us to come to our senses.
I think of this in regards to our country today. We read, “ if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) Our nation today is plagued with sin, with many having turned from God and his ways… the examples are prominent from the killing of the unborn, to the rejection of God’s basic moral law in regards to sexuality ….. , to lawlessness, etc. We have much of the same in our Church with only some 15-20 % attending mass on Sunday, prior to the coronavirus… with rejection of many of God’s fundamental laws.
Sin brings its own punishment….. “the wages of sin is death ”. (Romans 6:23) Turning from God and his ways brings the beginning of hell on earth. Truly the “opposites of the 10 commandments” come about… a hatred and disobedience of God…hatred and murder, anarchy, anger, lying, stealing, divorce, fornication, rebellious children. We see so much of this today.
Yet, God is willing to forgive us and restore us and heal our land. But, we need to acknowledge our sin and turn from our sin. If we do, God is there to forgive us. It’s not too late. But, if we persist in our sin, we will reap what we sow.
So, while this may be seem to be a bit of a “heavy BLOG”… let’s not put our head down. Each of us need to give our hearts more and more to the Lord, to do our part, to repent when we sin, and to spread God’s love. And your never know, it might be contagious and “God might hear from heaven, and forgive our sin and heal our land.” Repentance brings wonderful things. And that is very good news.