Repentance

As I read the letters to the churches in Revelation I find a key word that keeps coming up.  It is the word repent.  I believe repentance is a good thing!  Jesus writes to the churches and he invites them to repent.  To repent means to change directions.  It means to stop what you are doing that has attracted the convicting gaze of Jesus and be obedient to him.  The call to repentance is a gracious call.  It is given for our benefit.  When we repent we experience the forgiving grace of Jesus and are blessed.  I find that many people today desire the blessing of Jesus but they want it without repentance.  Many simply do not want to give up their sin.   The blessing of Jesus will only come after we come to the place of repentance.  I think we should be thankful for this powerful invitation.