Thursday, February 11, 2016

Impenitent



IMPEN'ITENT, One who does not repent; a hardened sinner. Not penitent; not repenting of sin; not contrite; obdurate; of a hard heart. (Webster's 1828).
"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
But after thy hardness and IMPENITENT heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Who will render to every man according to his deeds:" - Romans 2:4-6 KJV.

An impenitent heart is a hard, unrepentant heart. There are those hearts that harden against the love of God that would lead them to repentance. The impenitent] heart will have no reproof, no instruction, and no correction from the word of God, nor of the Spirit of truth. They of a hard heart are unwilling to repent, and their hearts grow colder and harder by the day. A hard heart is an evil heart of unbelief. A hard heart is a heart of self-reliance, self-sufficiency, self-will, self-righteousness, and self-seeking. A heart filled with selfish pride. An impenitent heart is a heart that rejects God's word and God's way, insisting upon it's own way, the hard way, the way of sin. The impenitent heart preaches itself, and draws attention to it's own works, deeds, and devices. The hard heart savours the things of men and this world, and it's law is "Do as thou wilt". The hard heart is cold and lifeless, dead in trespasses and sins. The impenitent heart is heaping together treasures of this earth, with a mind only for this world, and yet also is heaping the treasure of God's wrath and the righteous judgment of God. The impenitent heart insists on the hard way of life. The hard way is the way of destruction and death, departing from the living God into apostasy.
But the good way is the way of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
We ought to examine ourselves this very day, to see what matter of heart we truly have.
Repent ye, and believe the Gospel.

DWD

February 9th, 2016

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