The first truth I would share from the passage mentioned, to truly repent we must know who we are in relation to God? In our passage in (Luke 7:37) we are introduced to a woman who was a sinner. Now we could all say I know I am a sinner, or yes, I have done wrong. In repentance there is more to it than just admitting I am wrong. Ideally we want to ask, who have I wronged, or why is what I did wrong? You see the bible tells us there is such a thing as worldly repentance and Godly repentance. 2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death” (NKJV). Paul is teaching there is a certain sorrow we should feel for our wrong. Back to the first truth, we need to know who we are in relation to God. Yes, we done wrong, but we must understand we have sinned against God and God alone. That our sin was wrong according to God and we are guilty of breaking His law. King David of Israel said it like this when confronted about his wrong against Uriah whom he murdered, Bathsheba whom he committed adultery, and the nation Israel to whom he failed to lead as King in Battle (2 Samuel 11&12). “For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight. That you may be found just when you speak, And blameless when you judge” (Psalm 51:3-4, NKJV). Did you notice where David said, “Against You, You only, have I sinned” Yes, David did those people whom he sinned against wrong, but in all his sinning his actions where against God. Why? God is the ultimate authority who is sovereign over all, and He is the one who is Holy, and Just. Those who sin are breaking the law of a sovereign God. They commit and do evil and therefore sin against God. Rebelling against Him their creator they are deserving His judgement. For God who is holy and just must punish sin. Romans 2:5-6 “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his deeds” So the first truth for repentance is to know who we are in relation to God. To see we have sin against God and are deserving of His judgement.
The Second truth we learn from this passage about true repentance is to know we need a savior. One who can save us from the wrath of God and provide forgiveness. In other words seek out Jesus. In (Luke 7:37) the woman heard Jesus was near and she went to him, she sought Him out. The truth in repentance is we turn to Jesus and in doing so turn from our sin. A heart that repents comes to the realization there is no hope in their self for they are lost and condemned by their sin. They simply look to another, Jesus who is willing to save them. The woman in the passage understood this truth for she had heard Jesus was of God and heard of the miracles He had done. She sought Him out and humbled herself before all those at the Pharisee dinner party weeping over her sin and washing our Lord’s feet with her tears (Luke7:38). She believed Jesus could forgive her and she sought Him. The bible teaches faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God (Romans 10:17). The catalyst for one to seek Jesus is to hear that good news the gospel. The apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16). Through hearing the gospel of Jesus we receive faith to believe which causes us to respond to the call of God. She heard of Jesus and believed He was the Savior sent by God and she could fine forgiveness.
The third and final truth we learn from this passage of Scripture is to trust in Jesus. To say it another way to commit to Him. In (Luke 7:50) Jesus told this dear woman your faith has saved you. We understand her faith came from hearing about Jesus and seeking Him out. This woman trusted in Jesus and now we see the fruit of her faith the forgiveness of her sin. Faith is a gift given by God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). God blessed her with forgiveness and salvation, because she turn from her sin (repented) and trusted in Jesus after she heard and believed in Him. Paul says it like this in Ephesians 1:13 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” This dear woman took Jesus at His word and left a forgiven saint.
He is willing to do the same for you and me. We need to see who we are in relation to God. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Once we realized we have sinned against God and there is no hope in our selves we only need to look to Christ our Savior. “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Finally we trust in Jesus to save us, and forgive us committing to Him in faith. “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:13). Repentance is a dying of self and living for Christ. A complete abandonment of our lust and desires, and a whole new desire of loving Jesus and following Him.
So the fruit of repentance is a heart that has been changed by the Master, and everything we once were is no longer. Paul explains it this way, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). So here the question, have you truly repented? Does your life reflect Jesus, or does it reflect you. I pray you have repented and are walking in His grace. If by chance you have not I leave you with the words of the apostle Peter “Then Peter said to them, repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of the Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).