The word, "Repent" is the voice which conquers the self-righteousness of those who are against the Lord, and the command which kneels down the sinners, and the power which makes humans humble. The Lord uses those who are humble through repentance.
The Lord tells us to repent, but if we have something to plead for the word, we are righteous ourselves like Pharisees. We are like Pharisees who pretended not to commit sin as they didn't know what sin was.
When John the Baptist told them to repent, they didn't. When Jesus told them to repent, they arrested and crucified Him. When the disciples told them to repent, they persecuted them and were going to arrest and kill them.
How can the Lord use them for His need saving them? Repentance means to abandon foolishness, pleading and arguing. It means that we should kneel down before the Lord. When there is light, the darkness will be driven away. We should cast away sin.
We should know ourselves before the Lord. We should acknowledge the Lord and live according to His word giving ourselves up. Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments and kneel down, then the Lord will use us. He greatly uses those who obey the Lord and just say, "yes", but don’t say, "no." We were made for the Lord’s glory (Psalm 43:7).
We should let the purpose be fulfilled by obeying the word of God. We should not have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments. We should not have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments with the Lord, stop ignorant behavior, and give up all the arrogance and arguing with others. Then the Lord will use us preciously to love Him and our neighbors.
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #476 (Apr 16, 2016)