There are two ways to receive God’s grace of forgiveness. Today’s reading comes from Acts. Here we read that one of the ways is to repent and be baptized.
Receive God’s Forgiveness and Salvation
Peter [said] to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.Acts 2:38
There is a requirement after belief and before baptism or confession to receive God’s forgiveness. This requirement is repentance.
Many think that belief is enough. That if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you are cleaned of all sins. However, today’s verse from Acts teaches otherwise.
After you believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior you must do something to receive God’s forgiveness — repent. But, what is repentance?
To repent you must first do a self-reflection of all your sins. We call this an examination of conscious. When we examine our conscious we reflect all the wrongdoings with have committed.
The sins that we committed in our thoughts, and in our deeds, and in what we have failed to do. We need to collect all this information into our minds and then pray over them.
While praying we need to come to the realization that our sins are wrong and that we need to seek forgiveness from God.
Once we seek forgiveness, we need to vow to try our best to never commit those sins again. This is the full range of repentance. Once we have completely repented we have one more step to do.
Now if we are not yet a Christian, our next step is to get baptized to have our sins forgiven. If we count ourselves a Christian, then we go to a priest and confess our sins, thus receiving God’s grace.
2 Ways to Receive God’s Forgiveness
- Repent and be baptized
- Repent and confess