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The Call to Repentance

 Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

Revelation 3:19 (NASB)

When we consider this verse without taking into account its context, we can say that there is an element of revenge hiding behind it. We would even ask the question why would Jesus Christ punish those he loves because of their sin when he gave himself on the cross for them? But that is not at all what the verse lets us understand.

On the contrary, if we read all the letters addressed to the seven churches, we will see that Jesus Christ praises the good works they have done and the good things in them. He exalted them before reproaching them and reminding them what needs to change in their attitude and behavior. We must understand that He is happy to see us live according to His word. But He also cares about our spiritual constancy. He does not want us to abandon our good works or be influenced by the things of this world.

If we analyze chapters 2 and 3, we will discover that His goal is not to condemn or reject us, but rather to bring us into a deep relationship with Him. The very basis of these letters is the repentance of believers. Out of love for us, Jesus calls us to repent of our sins in order to live a holy life as God wants. Notice that after every praise there is a rebuke, after every rebuke there is a promise. That said, He knows that there is a reward that accompanies every act of repentance that we take in faith.

May the grace and peace of God be with you all.

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