After Peter shared the good news of Christ with Gentiles for the first time, some of the leaders in Jerusalem were not happy. When Peter explained what happened, though, they declared, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18).
In this passage, repentance is seen as a work of God, and clearly it is. Yet, there are other times in Scripture where people are told to repent. It’s much more of a command.
So, the question, then, is this: Is repentance a work of God or a work of man? The answer is: Yes!
Unless God grants us the gift of repentance, just as He did for those Gentiles in the book of Acts, we cannot repent. At the same time, though, we have a role in it.
Just like practically any other area of our walk with the Lord, both God and we have vital roles to play. Without His strength, we cannot do anything of any value. At the same time, unless we cooperate, His strength is nullified in us.
You’re not on your own in your faith walk. God gives you what is necessary. But you must be willing to utilize the strength He gives.
Lord, may my heart and mind willingly cooperate with Your work and will for me. Amen!